Passengers using Northern Rail services in Doncaster and across the region are set to benefit from an improved service as part of a new investment programme.
This will see a significant amount of the network electrified, delivering cleaner, quicker and more reliable journeys for passengers travelling between key strategic cities including Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield.
Rail Minister Stephen Hammond said: “Rail travel across the North will be transformed over the next five years through huge levels of government investment.
“However, I am well aware that there is a need for action now. So I have insisted on even tougher punctuality, reliability and passenger satisfaction targets for Northern Rail.
“We will also continue to work closely with the operator to deliver additional electric trains which will strengthen services across the network.”
The deal marks the start of the transformation of rail services across the north, and will help support the government’s £600 million of investment in the region.
The new agreement will run until February 2016 when a new long-term franchise will be let.