Northern Trains (legal name Northern Trains Limited) is a publicly owned train operating company in England which commenced operating the Northern franchise on 1 March 2020. It is operated by DfT OLR Holdings Limited, after the previous operator Arriva Rail North had its franchise terminated at the end of February 2020.
|Parent company||HM Government (Department for Transport)|
|Dates of operation||1 March 2020–|
|Predecessor||Arriva Rail North|
The franchise encountered a number of problems. In May 2018, a new timetable was introduced, however rolling stock and crew shortages resulted in widespread delays and cancellations from which the operator never recovered.
In October 2019, the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, issued a request for proposals to incumbent operator Arriva and the operator of last resort, which would result in termination of the franchise with either Arriva to be awarded a short-term management contract or the operator of last resort to take over. The DfT decided to terminate the franchise with the operator of last resort to take over.
Northern Trains took over all the services operated by Arriva Rail North on 1 March 2020.
Table of off-peak servicesEdit
Below is a list of off-peak services, per December 2019 timetables. It has been slightly simplified due to some routes' irregular service pattern. Due to the extensive nature of the network, it has been split by geographic area. Some services are listed in more than one place.
Cumbria and North LancashireEdit
Manchester (via Oxford Road and Piccadilly)Edit
Manchester (via Victoria)Edit
Leeds and West YorkshireEdit
South Yorkshire and HumberEdit
Northern Trains took over all of the rolling stock operated by its predecessor, namely Class 142, 144, 150, 153, 155, 156, 158, 170 and 195 diesel multiple units and Class 319, 321, 322, 323, 331 and 333 electric multiple units. On 6 July 2020 7 Class 142s returned to service following the introduction of a new timetable, to aid social distancing on key routes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
|Diesel multiple units|
|144[nb 1]||13||2||Local and commuter services in Yorkshire (none currently in service)||1986–87|
|Sprinter||150/0||2 (0 in service)||3||Local and commuter services across the North||1984|
|153 Super Sprinter||20||1||
|155 Super Sprinter||7||2||1987–88|
|156 Super Sprinter||47||2||Local, commuter and regional services across the North||1987–89|
|158/0 & 158/9 Express Sprinter||90||140||45||2||Regional express and commuter services in West Yorkshire
Regional express and commuter services in the North East
|Bombardier Turbostar||170/4||100||161||16[nb 2]||3||2003–05|
|195/1||33 (32 in service)||3|
|Electric multiple units|
|BR Second Generation (Mark 3)||319/3||EMU||100||161||15||4||Electrified commuter services in Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Lancashire||1990|
|323||90 ||145||17||3||Electrified commuter services in and around Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Merseyside||1992-93|
|CAF Civity||331/0||100||161||31 (30 in service)||3||
|Siemens/CAF||333||16||4||Electrified commuter services in West Yorkshire||2000-01|
In April 2020, two three-carriage Class 150 sets were transferred from Great Western Railway, however these units are not yet in service due to delays in training caused by the Covid pandemic. Also, seventeen Class 323s are to be transferred from West Midlands Trains and eight Class 769s delivered. This will result in the withdrawal of all Class 153 and Class 319 units.
|Class||Image||Type||Top speed||Number||Carriages||Routes||Built||In Service|
|Diesel multiple units|
|150/2 Sprinter||DMU||75||121||3||2||Local services across the North||1986-87||2020|
|Electric multiple units|
|Bi-mode multiple units|
|769/4 Flex||BMU||100||161||8||4||2017–19[nb 3]||2020|
Former train types operated by Northern Trains include:
|Class||Image||Type||Top speed||Number||Carriages||Routes||Notes||Built||Left Fleet|
|142 Pacer||DMU||75||121||79||2||Local and commuter services across the North||Replaced by Class 150, Class 156, Class 158, Class 170, and Class 195 units.
Stored and scrapped, 7 returned to service in July 2020.
|321/9||EMU||100||161||3||4||Electrified commuter services in West Yorkshire||Replaced by Class 331 units. Transferred to Greater Anglia.||1991|
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Northern Trains currently has depots for its train crew at Barrow-in-Furness, Blackburn, Blackpool North, Buxton, Carlisle, Darlington (drivers), Doncaster, Harrogate, Huddersfield, Hull, Liverpool Lime Street, Leeds, Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria, Middlesbrough (conductors), Newcastle, Sheffield, Skipton, Wigan Wallgate, Workington and York.
|Allerton TMD||150, 156, 195, 319, 323, 331
|Liverpool South Parkway|
|Blackburn King Street TMD||150, 156, 195||Blackburn|
|Botanic Gardens TMD||08, 155, 158, 170||Hull Paragon|
|Heaton TMD||156, 158||Newcastle|
|Newton Heath TMD||144, 150, 153, 156, 195||Manchester Victoria|
|Neville Hill TMD||153, 155, 158, 170, 331, 333||Leeds|
|Wigan Springs Branch TMD||158, 195, 319, 331
|Wigan North Western|
- All 144s are in Warm Storage and could still return to service
- 2 Class 170s are stored as surplus to requirements because of the new emergency timetable that is in place because of the Coronavirus
- Class 319/4 units were initially built between 1987 and 1988
- "DfT OLR Holdings Ltd". www.northern.olrholdings.co.uk. Retrieved 2020-01-29.
- Northern and TransPennine Express franchises awarded Railway Gazette International 9 December 2015
- Arriva and First win franchises with 500 new carriages promise The Railway Magazine issue 1378 January 2016 page 6
- Unacceptable #NorthernFail – the travel chaos passengers faced on first working day of new Northern timetable Manchester Evening News 21 May 2018
- Northern trains axed amid timetable carnage BBC News 1 June 2018
- Northern franchise to end within months Modern Railways issue 857 February 2020 page 8
- Northern rail to be stripped of franchise, says Grant Shapps The Guardian 2 January 2020
- Northern rail to be renationalised – and some Beeching closures could reopen The Guardian 27 January 2020
- Ministers set to renationalise failed Northern rail franchise Financial Times 28 January 2020
- "Northern Rail – Timetables". Northern. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
- Class 323 EMUs to remain in traffic with Northern Rail issue 886 28 August 2019 page 30
- First refurbished Class 323 for Northern Railways Illustrated January 2020 page 9
- Flex and flexibility Rail issue 819 1 February 2017 pages 60–65
- Class 323s to remain with Northern in favour of 319s Today's Railways UK issue 214 October 2019 page 69
- "Northern to retain 323s". Modern Railways. 15 August 2019. Retrieved 2019-08-15.
- Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Rail Timetable Consultation Archived 2017-07-29 at the Wayback Machine
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Arriva Rail North
| Operator of Northern franchise
2020 - present