Rail services in Doncaster and the North are set to change as the Northern and TransPennine franchises are renewed.
Successors for the franchises are being sought to be in place by February 2016.
The renewal is being overseen by Rail North, which represents local authorities across the North of England, along with the Department for Transport.
Priorities for the future of rail services in the North also include investment in the network and rolling stock, better service for passengers and the development of prosperity.
“I’m delighted that the Secretary of State has seen the value of the work the north of England authorities have undertaken over the past 18 months”, said Sir Richard Leese, Vice Chair of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, on behalf of the Rail North leaders group.
“We believe that a devolved railway will focus more on the places of the North, their prosperity and passengers. The railway has a key role to play in a more robust North of England economy, and sustainable economic growth must be supported by improved connectivity across the North.”
A joint Rail North/ DfT working group will develop the detail of the partnership proposals for presentation to the Secretary of State, Patrick McLoughlin, and the north of England local authority leaders early in the new year.