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Newspapers across the north of England have joined forces to call on Prime Minister Theresa May to "get a grip" after chaos on the rail network.Some 25 titles have called for an emergency summit in Downing Street to find a solution to the crisis.They said the recent chaos "made a mockery" of Government claims to be prioritising infrastructure in the cities of the north. The group also wants a review of rail franchising in the UK.The Manchester Evening News, Liverpool Echo and Yorkshire Post were among the papers calling for action after passengers across the north were hit by crippling disruption following the introduction of a new rail timetable.
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The group wants the trans-Pennine high-speed line prioritised over London's Crossrail II.Northern Rail was also urged to clarify its plans for passenger compensation.The newspapers said Transport Secretary Chris Grayling should take accountability for the rail chaos and told Mrs May it was time to "get a grip".On Monday Mr Grayling announced there would be an inquiry into what went wrong.Passengers across the Northern network were hit by further delays and cancellations despite the train operator introducing an emergency timetable to combat disruption caused by an earlier changes to its services.Have you been affected by the recent rail with your stories.Please include a contact number if you are willing to speak to a BBC journalist. You can also contact us in the following ways:
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