Northern Trains - A
Northern Trains - A
Northern Trains, trading as Northern, is a publicly owned train operating company in England. It is owned by DfT OLR Holdings for the Department for Transport (DfT), after the previous operator Arriva Rail North had its franchise terminated at the end of February 2020.
The company commenced operating the Northern franchise on 1 March 2020, taking over from Arriva Rail North. The prior operator had its franchise terminated early by the DfT in January 2020 amid widespread dissatisfaction over its performance, particularly in respect to poorly-implemented timetable changes.
The DfT had opted to hand the operation of the franchise over to the operator of last resort. At the commencement of operations, Northern publicly stated that its immediate aims were to improve service reliability and to proceed with the introduction of new rolling stock. For the latter, both the Class 195 diesel multiple units and Class 331 electric multiple units were brought into service fully during December 2020.
Services have been disrupted by wider events, particularly the COVID-19 pandemic. Northern is also being impacted by the 2022–2023 United Kingdom railway strikes, the largest national rail strikes in the UK in three decades.
Northern Trains Services
Northern took over all the services operated by Arriva Rail North on 1 March 2020.
Northern Trains Table of Off-Peak Services
Below is a simplified list of frequent Monday to Saturday off-peak services, as of May 2023 timetables. Due to the extensive nature of the network, it has been split by region, then majority rail line.
Northern Trains North East
Tyne Valley, Durham Coast, Esk Valley Lines and East Coast Main Line
Haltwhistle, Hexham, Prudhoe, MetroCentre
Wetheral, Brampton (1tp2h), Haltwhistle, Bardon Mill (1tp2h), Haydon Bridge, Hexham, Prudhoe, MetroCentre, Newcastle, Manors, Cramlington
Trains either serve Brampton, or Bardon Mill
2 trains per day continue to Chathill, calling at Pegswood, Widdrington, Acklington and Alnmouth
Corbridge, Riding Mill, Stocksfield, Prudhoe, Wylam, Blaydon, MetroCentre, Dunston, Newcastle, Heworth, Sunderland, Seaham, Horden, Hartlepool, Seaton Carew, Billingham, Stockton, Thornaby, Middlesbrough, James Cook University Hospital, Marton, Gypsy Lane
James Cook University Hospital, Marton, Gypsy Lane, Nunthorpe, Great Ayton, Battersby, Kildale, Commondale, Castleton Moor, Danby, Lealholm, Glaisdale, Egton, Grosmont, Sleights, Ruswarp
Tees Valley Line
Marske, Longbeck, Redcar East, Redcar Central, Middlesbrough, Thornaby, Eaglescliffe, Allens West, Dinsdale
Marske, Longbeck, Redcar East, Redcar Central, South Bank, Middlesbrough, Thornaby, Eaglescliffe, Allens West, Dinsdale, Darlington, North Road, Heighington, Newton Aycliffe, Shildon
Northern Trains Northern Trains North West
Furness, Windermere and Cumbrian Coast Lines
Gatley, Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Oxford Road, Deansgate, Bolton, Chorley, Preston, Lancaster, Carnforth, Silverdale, Arnside, Grange-over-Sands, Kents Bank, Cark, Ulverston, Dalton, Roose
4 trains per day each run as Manchester Airport to Windermere, and Lancaster to Carlisle, services instead.
Askam, Kirkby-in-Furness, Foxfield, Green Road, Millom, Silecroft, Bootle, Ravenglass, Drigg, Seascale, Sellafield, Braystones (limited), Nethertown (limited), St Bees, Corkickle, Whitehaven, Parton, Harrington, Workington, Flimby, Maryport, Aspatria, Wigton, Dalston
Kirkby-in-Furness, Green Road, Silecroft, Bootle, Drigg, Braystones, Nethertown, Parton, and Flimby are served on request.
4 trains per day run as Lancaster to Carlisle services
Kendal, Burneside, Staveley
4 trains per day run as Manchester Airport to Windermere services
Morecambe Branch Line
Hourly service supplemented/modified by additional trains from Leeds.
1 train per day extends to Heysham Port.
Liverpool–Wigan and Blackpool Branch Lines
Edge Hill, Wavertree Technology Park, Broad Green, Roby, Huyton, Prescot, Eccleston Park, Thatto Heath, St Helens Central, Garswood, Bryn
Huyton, St Helens Central, Wigan North Western, Euxton Balshaw Lane, Leyland, Preston, Poulton-le-Fylde
Heald Green (1tph), Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Oxford Road, Deansgate, Salford Crescent, Bolton, Lostock, Horwich Parkway, Blackrod (1tph), Adlington (1tph), Chorley, Buckshaw Parkway, Leyland, Preston, Kirkham & Wesham, Poulton-le-Fylde, Layton (1tph)
Salwick (3tpd), Kirkham & Wesham, Moss Side, Lytham, Ansdell & Fairhaven, St Annes-on-the-Sea, Squires Gate, Blackpool Pleasure Beach
East Lancashire and Ormskirk branch Lines
Lostock Hall, Bamber Bridge, Pleasington (request stop), Cherry Tree, Mill Hill, Blackburn, Rishton, Church & Oswaldtwistle, Accrington, Huncoat, Hapton (request stop), Rose Grove, Burnley Barracks (request stop), Burnley Central, Brierfield, Nelson
Burscough Junction, Rufford, Croston
Edge Hill, Mossley Hill, West Allerton, Liverpool South Parkway, Hough Green, Warrington West, Warrington Central, Padgate, Birchwood, Glazebrook (1tp2h), Irlam, Flixton, Chassen Road (1tp2h), Urmston, Humphrey Park (1tp2h), Trafford Park (1tp2h), Deansgate
Most trains either call at Glazebrook and Chassen Road or Humphrey Park and Trafford Park.
Mossley Hill, West Allerton, Liverpool South Parkway, Hunts Cross, Halewood, Hough Green, Widnes, Sankey for Penketh (2tpd), Warrington West
Edge Hill, Wavertree Technology Park, Broad Green, Roby, Huyton, Whiston, Rainhill, Lea Green, St Helens Junction, Earlestown, Newton-le-Willows, Patricroft, Eccles, Deansgate, Manchester Oxford Road, Manchester Piccadilly, Mauldeth Road, Burnage, East Didsbury, Gatley, Heald Green
Earlestown, St Helens Junction, Lea Green, Rainhill, Whiston, Huyton, Roby, Broad Green, Wavertree Technology Park, Edge Hill
Ince & Elton
1 train per day continues to Warrington Bank Quay, calling at Frodsham and Runcorn East.
Crewe-Manchester, Mid-Cheshire, Stafford–Manchester, and Buxton Lines
Mauldeth Road, Burnage, East Didsbury, Gatley, Heald Green, Manchester Airport, Styal, Wilmslow, Alderley Edge, Holmes Chapel, Sandbach
Levenshulme, Heaton Chapel, Stockport, Cheadle Hulme, Handforth, Wilmslow, Alderley Edge, Chelford, Goostrey, Holmes Chapel, Sandbach
Levenshulme, Heaton Chapel, Stockport, Cheadle Hulme, Handforth, Wilmslow
Stockport, Navigation Road, Altrincham, Hale, Ashley, Mobberley, Knutsford, Plumley, Lostock Gralam, Northwich, Greenbank, Cuddington, Delamere, Mouldsworth
Stockport, Cheadle Hulme, Bramhall, Poynton, Adlington, Prestbury, Macclesfield, Congleton, Kidsgrove, Longport (limited)
Levenshulme, Heaton Chapel, Stockport, Davenport, Woodsmoor, Hazel Grove, Middlewood (1tp2h), Disley, New Mills Newtown, Furness Vale, Whaley Bridge, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Dove Holes (1tp2h)
Services either call at Middlewood or Dove Holes.
Levenshulme, Heaton Chapel, Stockport, Davenport, Woodsmoor
Glossop and Hope Valley Lines
Ashburys, Guide Bridge, Flowery Field, Newton for Hyde, Godley, Hattersley, Broadbottom, Dinting, Glossop
Gorton, Fairfield, Guide Bridge, Hyde North, Hyde Central, Woodley, Romiley
Ardwick (1tpd eastbound only), Ashburys, Belle Vue, Ryder Brow, Reddish North, Brinnington, Bredbury, Romiley, Marple, Strines
Reddish North, Brinnington, Bredbury, Romiley, Marple, New Mills Central, Chinley, Edale, Hope, Bamford, Hathersage, Grindleford, Dore & Totley
Manchester–Southport and Kirkby Branch Lines
Meols Cop, Burscough Bridge, Parbold, Appley Bridge, Gathurst, Wigan Wallgate, Hindley, Westhoughton, Bolton, Salford Crescent, Deansgate
Meols Cop, Bescar Lane (1tp2h), New Lane (1tp2h), Burscough Bridge, Hoscar (1tp2h), Parbold, Appley Bridge, Gathurst, Wigan Wallgate, Hindley, Westhoughton, Bolton, Moses Gate, Farnworth, Kearsley, Clifton (1tpd), Salford Crescent, Salford Central, Manchester Victoria, Ashton-under-Lyne
Rainford, Upholland, Orrell, Pemberton, Wigan Wallgate, Hindley, Daisy Hill, Hag Fold, Atherton, Walkden, Swinton, Salford Crescent, Salford Central, Manchester Victoria, Rochdale, Smithy Bridge, Littleborough, Todmorden, Burnley Manchester Road, Rose Grove, Accrington
This route is expected to terminate at Headbolt Lane instead of Kirkby when the former station opens in 2023.
A rail replacement bus currently runs between Rainford and Kirkby amid construction of the new station.
Ribble Valley Line
Darwen, Bromley Cross, Hall i' th' Wood, Bolton, Salford Crescent, Salford Central, Manchester Victoria, Moston, Mills Hill, Castleton
Whalley, Langho, Ramsgreave & Wilpshire, Blackburn, Darwen, Entwistle (request stop), Bromley Cross, Hall i' th' Wood, Bolton, Salford Crescent, Salford Central, Manchester Victoria, Moston, Mills Hill, Castleton
Northern Trains Yorkshire and the Humber
Normanton, Wakefield Kirkgate, Mirfield, Deighton
Low Moor, Halifax, Brighouse
Wharfdale and Airedale Lines
Kirkstall Forge, Apperley Bridge, Shipley, Frizinghall
Guiseley, Menston, Burley-in-Wharfedale, Ben Rhydding
Frizinghall, Shipley, Baildon, Guiseley, Menston, Burley-in-Wharfedale, Ben Rhydding
Shipley, Saltaire, Bingley, Crossflatts, Keighley, Steeton & Silsden, Cononley
Frizinghall, Shipley, Saltaire, Bingley, Crossflatts, Keighley, Steeton & Silsden, Cononley
Burley Park, Headingley, Horsforth, Weeton, Pannal, Hornbeam Park, Harrogate, Starbeck, Knaresborough, Cattal, Hammerton, Poppleton
Woodlesford, Castleford, Glasshoughton, Pontefract Monkhill
2 trains per day extend to Goole, calling at Whitley Bridge, Hensall, Snaith and Rawcliffe.
Wakefield Westgate, Wakefield Kirkgate, Streethouse, Featherstone, Pontefract Tanshelf, Pontefract Monkhill
Outwood, Wakefield Westgate, Sandal & Agbrigg, Fitzwilliam, South Elmsall, Adwick, Bentley
Outwood, Wakefield Westgate, Sandal & Agbrigg, Fitzwilliam, Moorthorpe, Thurnscoe, Goldthorpe, Bolton-upon-Dearne, Swinton, Rotherham Central, Meadowhall
Meadowhall, Chapeltown, Elsecar, Wombwell, Barnsley, Dodworth, Silkstone Common, Penistone, Denby Dale, Shepley, Stocksmoor, Brockholes, Honley, Berry Brow, Lockwood
Woodlesford, Castleford, Normanton, Wakefield Kirkgate, Darton, Barnsley, Wombwell, Elsecar, Chapeltown, Meadowhall
Wakefield Kirkgate, Barnsley, Meadowhall, Sheffield, Dronfield, Chesterfield, Alfreton, Langley Mill, Ilkeston
Wakefield Kirkgate, Barnsley, Meadowhall, Sheffield, Darnall, Woodhouse, Kiveton Bridge, Kiveton Park, Shireoaks, Worksop, Retford, Gainsborough Lea Road, Saxilby
Worksop, Retford, Gainsborough Central, Kirton Lindsey, Brigg, Barnetby, Grimsby Town.
See 'Parliamentary Services' below for more.
York and Selby Lines
Cross Gates, Garforth, East Garforth, Micklefield, Church Fenton (limited), Ulleskelf (limited)
Bradford Interchange, New Pudsey, Bramley, Leeds, Cross Gates, Garforth, East Garforth, Micklefield, South Milford, Selby, Brough
South Humberside Main Line, Dearne Valley Line and Yorkshire Coast line
Kirk Sandall, Hatfield & Stainforth, Thorne South, Crowle, Althorpe
Meadowhall, Rotherham Central, Swinton, Mexborough, Conisbrough, Doncaster, Bentley
Meadowhall, Rotherham Central, Swinton, Moorthorpe, Pontefract Baghill, Sherburn-in-Elmet, Church Fenton, Ulleskelf
Kirk Sandall, Hatfield & Stainforth, Thorne North, Goole, Saltmarshe (1tp2h), Gilberdyke, Broomfleet (1tp2h), Brough, Ferriby, Hessle
Most services either call at Saltmarshe or call at Broomfleet.
Meadowhall, Doncaster, Goole, Brough, Hull, Cottingham, Beverley, Driffield, Bridlington, Bempton, Hunmanby, Filey, Seamer
Nafferton, Driffield, Hutton Cranswick, Arram (limited), Beverley, Cottingham, Hull, Brough, Gilberdyke, Eastrington (limited), Howden, Wressle (limited), Selby, Sherburn-in-Elmet (1tp2h), Church Fenton (1tp2h), Ulleskelf (limited)
Settle to Carlisle and Leeds to Morecambe Line
Shipley, Bingley, Keighley, Skipton, Gargrave (irregular), Hellifield, Long Preston (irregular), Settle, Horton in Ribblesdale, Ribblehead, Dent, Garsdale, Kirkby Stephen, Appleby, Langwathby, Lazonby & Kirkoswald, Armathwaite
Shipley, Bingley, Keighley, Skipton, Gargrave, Hellifield, Long Preston, Giggleswick, Clapham, Bentham, Wennington, Carnforth, Lancaster, Bare Lane
Calder Valley Line
Church Fenton, Garforth, Leeds, New Pudsey, Bradford Interchange, Halifax, Sowerby Bridge, Hebden Bridge, Burnley Manchester Road, Accrington, Blackburn, Preston, Kirkham & Wesham, Poulton-le-Fylde
Bramley, New Pudsey, Bradford Interchange, Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden, Rochdale
Morley, Batley, Dewsbury, Ravensthorpe, Mirfield, Brighouse, Sowerby Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden, Walsden, Littleborough, Smithy Bridge, Rochdale, Manchester Victoria, Salford Central, Salford Crescent, Swinton, Moorside, Walkden, Atherton, Hag Fold, Daisy Hill, Hindley, Ince
Bramley, New Pudsey, Bradford Interchange, Low Moor, Halifax, Sowerby Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden, Rochdale, Manchester Victoria, Newton-le-Willows, Earlestown, Warrington Bank Quay
Northern Trains Parliamentary Services
Twice weekly on Saturday mornings, once in each direction, Northern operates a parliamentary train on the Stockport–Stalybridge line between Stockport and Stalybridge calling at Reddish South, Denton, and Guide Bridge. From 1992 until 2018, this service ran once weekly.
Multiple campaigns were conducted to request increase in services to the line, but in 2022, Transport for Greater Manchester published two surveys in relation to the line.
As of May 2023, there is one train per day between Sheffield and Cleethorpes, via Gainsborough Central and Brigg. This service runs on weekdays only.
The service was suspended between January and October 2022 due to concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Between October 1993 and May 2023, this service ran on Saturdays only, but had three trains each way and on weekdays, a few peak services terminated at Gainsborough Central.
Northern Trains Overview
Northern Trains Franchise(s): Northern
Northern Trains Main Region(s):
Yorkshire and the Humber
Northern Trains Other Region(s):
Northern Trains Fleet Size: 345
Northern Trains Stations Called At: 474
Northern Trains Parent Company: DfT OLR Holdings
Northern Trains Headquarters: York
Northern Trains Reporting Mark: NT
Northern Trains Dates of Operation: 1 March 2020 – 1 March 2025
Northern Trains Predecessor: Arriva Rail North