Northern Trains

Northern Trains, branded as Northern, (legally Northern Trains Limited[3]) is a publicly-owned train operating company in England which commenced operating the Northern franchise on 1 March 2020. It is owned by DfT OLR Holdings for the Department for Transport, after the previous operator Arriva Rail North had its franchise terminated at the end of February 2020.

Northern
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Class 195 in May 2021 in Northern Trains livery at Liverpool Lime Street
Overview
Franchise(s)Northern
1 March 2020–
Main region(s)
Other region(s)
Parent companyDfT OLR Holdings
HeadquartersYork[2]
Reporting markNT[1]
PredecessorArriva Rail North
Other
Websitewww.northernrailway.co.uk Edit this at Wikidata

The franchise was established in March 2020 with the immediate aims to improve service reliability and the introduction of new rolling stock in the Class 195 and 331, which was successfully completed in December 2020.

HistoryEdit

In December 2015, the Department for Transport (DfT) awarded Arriva a contract to operate the Northern franchise. It commenced in April 2016 and was scheduled to run until March 2025.[4][5]

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.[6][7][8]

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.[8] The DfT decided to terminate the franchise with the operator of last resort to take over.[9][10][11]

ServicesEdit

Northern 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 2021 timetables.[12] 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.

North EastEdit

Northumberland
Route tph Calling at Stock
Newcastle to Morpeth 1
Newcastle to Chathill
  • 2 trains per day
Tyne Valley, Durham Coast and Esk Valley Lines
Route tph Calling at Stock
Carlisle to Newcastle 1
1
Hexham to Nunthorpe 1
Middlesbrough to Whitby
  • 6 trains per day (4 on Sundays)
Tees Valley Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
Saltburn to Darlington (and Bishop Auckland) 2

Cumbria and North LancashireEdit

Manchester to Cumbria
Route tph Calling at Stock
Manchester Airport to Cumbria 1
  • All trains continue north. 11 trains per day continue to Barrow-in-Furness, see below.
  • 4 trains per day continue to Windermere, see below.
  • 3 trains per day between Barrow-in-Furness and Manchester Airport have been removed Monday - Saturday until December 2022 resulting in some gaps of 2 hours between services every 5–6 hours. An hourly service runs on a Sunday.
195
Lancaster to Barrow-in-Furness 1
Oxenholme Lake District to Windermere 1
Barrow-in-Furness to Carlisle 1
  • 4 trains per day continue to Lancaster, see above.
156
Settle and Carlisle Line and Bentham Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
Leeds to Carlisle 12 158
Leeds to Morecambe 12 158
Lancaster to Morecambe 1 Bare Lane
  • Hourly service supplemented/modified by additional trains from Leeds.
156
Leeds to Heysham Port

Preston areaEdit

Manchester to Preston
Route tph Calling at Stock
Manchester Airport to Cumbria 1
  • All trains continue north. 11 trains per day continue to Barrow-in-Furness, see above.
  • 4 trains per day continue to Windermere, see above.
  • 3 trains per day between Barrow-in-Furness and Manchester Airport have been removed Monday - Saturday until December 2022 resulting in some gaps of 2 hours between services every 5–6 hours. An hourly service runs on a Sunday.
195
Manchester Airport to Blackpool North 1 331
Hazel Grove to Blackpool North 1
  • Monday to Saturday only
East Lancashire line
Route tph Calling at Stock
Blackpool North to York 1
Preston to Colne 1
Liverpool and Ormskirk to Blackpool
Route tph Calling at Stock
Liverpool Lime Street to Blackpool North 23
Ormskirk to Preston 1
Preston to Blackpool South 1

LiverpoolEdit

Liverpool Lime Street to Wigan North Western and Blackpool North
Route tph Calling at Stock
Liverpool Lime Street to Wigan North Western 1 Edge Hill, Wavertree Technology Park, Broad Green, Roby, Huyton, Prescot, Eccleston Park, Thatto Heath, St Helens Central, Garswood and Bryn 319, 331
Liverpool Lime Street to Blackpool North 23 Huyton, St Helens Central, Wigan North Western, Euxton Balshaw Lane, Leyland, Preston, Kirkham & Wesham (Monday-Saturday only) & Poulton-le-Fylde
Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Piccadilly via Warrington Central
Route tph Calling at Stock
Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Airport 1 Liverpool South Parkway, Warrington West, Warrington Central, Birchwood, Irlam (irregular), Urmston (irregular), Manchester Oxford Road, Manchester Piccadilly, East Didsbury (irregular) & Gatley (irregular)
  • Sundays only.
195
Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Oxford Road 1 Mossley Hill, West Allerton, Liverpool South Parkway, Hough Green, Widnes, Sankey for Penketh (limited), Warrington Central, Padgate, Birchwood, Glazebrook (1tp2h), Irlam, Flixton, Chassen Road (1tp2h), Urmston, Humphrey Park (1tp2h), Trafford Park (1tp2h) and Deansgate 150, 156, 195
1 Edge Hill (Monday to Saturday only), Mossley Hill, West Allerton, Liverpool South Parkway, Hunts Cross, Halewood, Hough Green, Widnes, Sankey for Penketh (limited), Warrington West, Warrington Central, Birchwood, Irlam, Flixton (Sunday only), Urmston and Deansgate
  • Sankey for Penketh is served by 4 trains per day.
  • Early morning, late evening and peak services make additional calls at stations normally only served by the other stopping service, see above.
Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Piccadilly/Warrington Bank Quay via Earlestown
Liverpool Lime Street to Warrington Bank Quay 1tpd Edge Hill, Wavertree Technology Park, Broad Green, Roby, Huyton, Whiston, Rainhill, Lea Green, St Helens Junction and Earlestown
  • 1 train per day in each direction Monday - Saturday only.
319, 323, 331
Liverpool Lime Street to Crewe 1 Edge Hill (Monday to Saturday only), 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, Manchester Airport, Styal, Wilmslow, Alderley Edge, Holmes Chapel and Sandbach
Helsby to Ellesmere Port 3tpd Ince & Elton, Stanlow and Thornton
  • 1 service extends to Manchester Victoria, see below.
195

Manchester (via Oxford Road and Piccadilly)Edit

Cheshire Lines Committee line
Route tph Calling at Stock
Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Airport 1 Liverpool South Parkway, Warrington West, Warrington Central, Birchwood, Irlam (irregular), Urmston (irregular), Manchester Oxford Road, Manchester Piccadilly, East Didsbury (irregular) & Gatley (irregular)
  • Sundays only.
195
Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Oxford Road 1 Mossley Hill, West Allerton, Liverpool South Parkway, Hough Green, Widnes, Sankey for Penketh (limkted), Warrington Central, Padgate, Birchwood, Glazebrook (1tp2h), Irlam, Flixton, Chassen Road (1tp2h), Urmston, Humphrey Park (1tp2h), Trafford Park (1tp2h) and Deansgate 150, 156, 195
1 Edge Hill (Monday to Saturday only), Mossley Hill, West Allerton, Liverpool South Parkway, Hunts Cross, Halewood, Hough Green, Widnes, Sankey for Penketh (limited), Warrington West, Warrington Central, Birchwood, Irlam, Flixton (Sunday only), Urmston and Deansgate
  • Sankey for Penketh is served by 4 trains per day.
  • Early morning, late evening and peak services make additional calls at stations normally only served by the other stopping service, see above.
Airport Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
Cumbria to Manchester Airport 1 Heald Green, Gatley (limited), East Didsbury (Sunday only), Burnage (Monday-Saturday only), Mauldeth Road (limited), Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Oxford Road, Wigan North Western (limited) , Preston and Lancaster. 195
Blackpool North to Manchester Airport 1 Poulton-le-Fylde, Preston, Buckshaw Parkway, Chorley, Blackrod (irregular), Horwich Parkway, Bolton, Salford Crescent, Deansgate, Manchester Oxford Road, Manchester Piccadilly, Mauldeth Road (irregular), Burnage (irregular), East Didsbury (irregular), Gatley (irregular) and Heald Green
  • Blackrod is served hourly during peak times, during the evening and on Sunday with some 2-hour gaps in the weekday daytime service.
  • Early morning, peak and late evening services make additional calls at
331
Liverpool Lime Street to Crewe 1 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, Manchester Airport, Styal, Wilmslow, Alderley Edge, Holmes Chapel and Sandbach 319, 323, 331
West Coast Main Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
Manchester Piccadilly to Crewe 1 Levenshulme, Heaton Chapel, Stockport, Cheadle Hulme, Handforth, Wilmslow, Alderley Edge, Chelford, Goostrey, Holmes Chapel and Sandbach 319, 323, 331
Southport to Alderley Edge 1 Meols Cop, Bescar Lane (irregular), New Lane (irregular), Burscough Bridge, Hoscar (1tp2h), Parbold, Appley Bridge, Gathurst, Wigan Wallgate, Ince (irregular), Hindley, Westhoughton, Bolton, Salford Crescent, Manchester Oxford Road, Manchester Piccadilly, Levenshulme (southbound only), Heaton Chapel (southbound only), Stockport, Cheadle Hulme, Handforth and Wilmslow 150, 156,

769

Manchester Piccadilly to Stoke-on-Trent 1 Stockport, Cheadle Hulme, Bramhall, Poynton, Adlington, Prestbury, Macclesfield, Congleton, Kidsgrove and Longport (limited) 323, 331
Mid-Cheshire Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
Manchester Piccadilly to Chester 1 Stockport, Navigation Road, Altrincham, Hale, Ashley, Mobberley, Knutsford, Plumley, Lostock Gralam, Northwich, Greenbank, Cuddington, Delamere and Mouldsworth 150, 156
Buxton Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
Manchester Piccadilly to Buxton 1 Levenshulme, Heaton Chapel, Stockport, Davenport, Woodsmoor, Hazel Grove, Middlewood (1tp2h), Disley, New Mills Newtown, Furness Vale, Whaley Bridge, Chapel-en-le-Frith and Dove Holes (1tp2h) 150, 156
Blackpool North to Hazel Grove 1 Layton (southbound only), Poulton-le-Fylde, Kirkham and Wesham (southbound only), Preston, Leyland (northbound only), Buckshaw Parkway, Chorley, Blackrod (irregular), Horwich Parkway, Lostock (northbound only), Bolton, Salford Crescent, Deansgate (northbound only), Manchester Oxford Road, Manchester Piccadilly, Levenshulme, Heaton Chapel, Stockport, Davenport and Woodsmoor
  • Monday-Saturday only.
331
Glossop and Hope Valley Lines
Route tph Calling at Stock
Manchester Piccadilly to Hadfield 43 Ardwick (limited), Ashburys, Guide Bridge, Flowery Field, Newton for Hyde, Godley, Hattersley, Broadbottom, Dinting and Glossop 323, 331
Manchester Piccadilly to Rose Hill Marple 43 Gorton, Fairfield (1tph), Guide Bridge, Hyde North (1tph), Hyde Central, Woodley and Romiley 150, 156, 195
Manchester Piccadilly to New Mills Central 12 Ashburys, Belle Vue (irregular), Ryder Brow, Reddish North, Brinnington, Bredbury, Romiley, Marple and Strines (1tp2h)
Manchester Piccadilly to Sheffield 1 Reddish North, Brinnington, Bredbury, Romiley, Marple, New Mills Central, Chinley, Edale, Hope, Bamford, Hathersage, Grindleford and Dore & Totley

Manchester (via Victoria)Edit

Manchester Victoria to Wigan and Preston
Route tph Calling at Stock
Stalybridge to Southport 1 Ashton-under-Lyne, Manchester Victoria, Salford Central, Salford Crescent, Clifton (limited), Kearsley, Farnworth, Moses Gate, Bolton, Westhoughton, Hindley, Wigan Wallgate, Gathurst, Appley Bridge, Parbold, Hoscar, Burscough Bridge and Meols Cop 150, 156, 769
Stalybridge to Stockport - Guide Bridge, Denton and Reddish South
  • Once a week in each direction on a Saturday.
150, 156
Stalybridge to Manchester Victoria 1 Ashton-under-Lyne
  • Sunday only replacement bus service
  • Monday-Saturday services are provided by train services between Southport and Stalybridge, see above
Manchester Victoria to Kirkby 1 Salford Central, Salford Crescent, Swinton, Moorside, Walkden, Atherton, Hag Fold, Daisy Hill, Hindley, Ince (irregular), Wigan Wallgate, Pemberton, Orrell, Upholland and Rainford 150
Ellesmere Port to Manchester Victoria Stanlow & Thornton, Ince & Elton, Helsby, Frodsham, Runcorn East, Warrington Bank Quay, Earlestown, Newton-le-Willows, Patricroft, Eccles, Salford Central. 195
Manchester to Blackburn
Route tph Calling at Stock
Blackburn to Rochdale - Darwen, Entwistle, Bromley Cross, Hall I' Th' Wood, Bolton, Salford Crescent, Salford Central, Manchester Victoria, Moston, Mills Hill and Castleton
  • Limited Monday - Saturday peak time service with services at all other times provided by the hourly Clitheroe to Rochdale service.
150
Clitheroe to Rochdale 1 Whalley, Langho, Ramsgreave & Wilpshire, Blackburn, Darwen, Entwistle, Bromley Cross, Hall I' Th' Wood, Bolton, Salford Crescent, Salford Central, Manchester Victoria, Moston, Mills Hill and Castleton 150, 156
Wigan Wallgate to Blackburn 1 Hindley, Daisy Hill, Atherton, Walkden, Swinton, Salford Crescent, Salford Central, Manchester Victoria, Rochdale, Smithy Bridge, Littleborough, Todmorden, Burnley Manchester Road, Rose Grove and Accrington 150, 156, 158
Manchester to Leeds
Route tph Calling at Stock
Wigan Wallgate to Leeds 1 Daisy Hill, Atherton, Walkden, Salford Crescent, Salford Central, Manchester Victoria, Rochdale, Smithy Bridge, Littleborough, Walsden, Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Sowerby Bridge, Brighouse, Mirfield, Dewsbury, Morley and Cottingley 150, 156, 158
Chester to Leeds 1 Helsby, Frodsham, Runcorn East, Warrington Bank Quay, Earlestown, Newton-le-Willows, Manchester Victoria, Rochdale, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Sowerby Bridge, Halifax, Bradford Interchange, New Pudsey and Bramley
  • Monday-Saturday only
195
Manchester Victoria to Leeds 1 Rochdale, Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, Halifax, Bradford Interchange, New Pudsey and Bramley 158

Leeds and West YorkshireEdit

Huddersfield Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
Leeds to Wigan Wallgate 1 Cottingley, Morley, Batley, Dewsbury, Ravensthorpe, Mirfield, Brighouse, Sowerby Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden, Walsden, Littleborough, Smithy Bridge, Rochdale, Manchester Victoria, Salford Central, Salford Crescent, Walkden, Atherton, Daisy Hill 150, 156, 158
Castleford to Huddersfield - Wakefield Kirkgate, Mirfield, Deighton
  • 3 trains per day Monday - Saturday only
  • Currently served by a rail replacement bus
150
Calder Valley Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
York to Blackpool North 1 Ulleskelf, Church Fenton, Micklefield, East Garforth, Garforth, Cross Gates (irregular), Leeds, New Pudsey, Bradford Interchange, Halifax, Sowerby Bridge, Mytholmroyd (Sunday only), Hebden Bridge, Burnley Manchester Road, Accrington, Blackburn, Preston and Poulton-le-Fylde 158, 195
Leeds to Chester 1 Bramley, New Pudsey, Bradford Interchange, Halifax, Sowerby Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, Rochdale, Manchester Victoria, Newton-le-Willows, Earlestown, Warrington Bank Quay, Runcorn East, Frodsham and Helsby
  • Monday - Saturday only
195
Leeds to Manchester Victoria 1 Bramley, New Pudsey, Bradford Interchange, Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden and Rochdale 158, 195
Bradford Interchange to Huddersfield 12 Bradford Interchange, Low Moor, Halifax and Brighouse 150 158
Leeds-Bradford Lines
Route tph Calling at Stock
Leeds to Bradford Forster Square 2 Kirkstall Forge, Apperley Bridge, Shipley and Frizinghall 333, 331
Wharfedale Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
Leeds to Ilkley 2 Kirkstall Forge (off-peak hours only), Guiseley, Menston, Burley-in-Wharfedale and Ben Rhydding 333, 331
Bradford Forster Square to Ilkley 2 Frizinghall, Shipley, Baildon, Guiseley, Menston, Burley-in-Wharfedale and Ben Rhydding
Airedale Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
Leeds to Skipton 2 Kirkstall Forge (limited), Apperley Bridge (limited), Shipley, Saltaire, Bingley, Crossflatts, Keighley, Steeton & Silsden, Cononley 333,

331

Bradford Forster Square to Skipton 2 Frizinghall, Shipley, Saltaire, Bingley, Crossflatts, Keighley, Steeton & Silsden and Cononley
Leeds to Morecambe 12 Shipley, Bingley, Keighley, Skipton, Gargrave, Hellifield, Long Preston, Giggleswick, Clapham, Bentham, Wennington, Carnforth, Lancaster, Bare Lane and Morecambe 158, 150
Leeds to Carlisle 12 Shipley, Bingley, Keighley, Skipton, Gargrave (irregular), Hellifield, Long Preston (irregular), Settle, Horton in Ribblesdale, Ribblehead, Dent, Garsdale, Kirkby Stephen, Appleby, Langwathby, Lazonby & Kirkoswald and Armathwaite 158
Harrogate Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
Leeds to York 2 Burley Park, Headingley, Horsforth, Weeton, Pannal, Hornbeam Park, Harrogate, Starbeck, Knaresborough, Cattal, Hammerton, and Poppleton 150, 155, 158, 170
Pontefract Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
Leeds to Knottingley 1 Woodlesford, Castleford, Glasshoughton and Pontefract Monkhill. 150, 158, 195
1 Wakefield Westgate, Wakefield Kirkgate, Streethouse, Featherstone, Pontefract Tanshelf and Pontefract Monkhill
  • The service is generally hourly but there are some 2-hour gaps throughout the day.
  • On Sundays 1 train runs every 2 hours creating an hourly service between Leeds and Knottingley when combined with the service via Castleford, see below.
Leeds to Goole 2tpd Woodlesford, Castleford, Glasshoughton, Pontefract Monkhill, Knottingley, Whitley Bridge, Hensall, Snaith and Rawcliffe 156
Wakefield Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
Leeds to Doncaster 1 Outwood, Wakefield Westgate, Sandal & Agbrigg, Fitzwilliam, South Elmsall, Adwick and Bentley 170, 331
Leeds to Sheffield 1 Outwood, Wakefield Westgate, Sandal & Agbrigg, Fitzwilliam, Moorthorpe, Thurnscoe, Goldthorpe, Bolton-upon-Dearne, Swinton, Rotherham Central and Meadowhall 150, 158, 170
Penistone Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
Huddersfield to Sheffield 1 Lockwood, Berry Brow, Honley, Brockholes, Stocksmoor, Shepley, Denby Dale, Penistone, Silkstone Common, Dodworth, Barnsley, Wombwell, Elsecar, Chapeltown and Meadowhall 150, 158
Hallam Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
Leeds to Sheffield 1 Woodlesford, Castleford, Normanton, Wakefield Kirkgate, Darton, Barnsley, Wombwell, Elsecar, Chapeltown and Meadowhall 150
Leeds to Nottingham 1 Wakefield Kirkgate, Barnsley, Meadowhall, Sheffield, Dronfield, Chesterfield, Alfreton, Langley Mill and Ilkeston 158, 195
Leeds to Lincoln 1 Wakefield Kirkgate, Barnsley, Meadowhall, Sheffield, Worksop, Retford, Gainsborough Lea Road and Saxilby 158, 195
York and Selby Lines
Route tph Calling at Stock
Leeds to York 1 Cross Gates, Garforth, East Garforth, Micklefield, Church Fenton and Ulleskelf (irregular) 195, 158
Halifax to Hull 12 Bradford Interchange, New Pudsey, Bramley, Leeds, Cross Gates, Garforth, East Garforth, Micklefield, South Milford, Selby, Wressle (irregular), Howden, Eastrington, Gilberdyke, Broomfleet, Brough, Ferriby and Hessle
  • Monday - Saturday only
155, 158, 170

South Yorkshire and HumberEdit

Hope Valley Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
Manchester Piccadilly to Sheffield 1 Reddish North, Brinnington, Bredbury, Romiley, Marple, New Mills Central, Chinley, Edale, Hope, Bamford, Hathersage, Grindleford and Dore & Totley 150, 156, 195
Sheffield via Barnsley
Route tph Calling at Stock
Sheffield to Huddersfield 1 Meadowhall, Chapeltown, Elsecar, Wombwell, Barnsley, Dodworth, Silkstone Common, Penistone, Denby Dale, Shepley, Stocksmoor, Brockholes, Honley, Berry Brow and Lockwood 150, 158
Sheffield to Leeds 1 Meadowhall, Chapeltown, Elsecar, Wombwell, Barnsley, Darton, Wakefield Kirkgate, Normanton, Castleford and Woodlesford 150
Nottingham to Leeds 1 Ilkeston, Langley Mill, Alfreton, Chesterfield, Dronfield, Sheffield, Meadowhall, Barnsley and Wakefield Kirkgate 158, 195
Lincoln to Leeds 1 Saxilby, Gainsborough Lea Road, Retford, Worksop, Sheffield, Meadowhall, Barnsley and Wakefield Kirkgate 158, 195
Sheffield – Gainsborough Central
Route tph Calling at Stock
Sheffield to Gainsborough Central - Darnall, Woodhouse, Kiveton Bridge, Kiveton Park, Shireoaks, Worksop and Retford 150
Doncaster – Scunthorpe and Leeds
Route tph Calling at Stock
Doncaster to Scunthorpe 12 Kirk Sandall, Hatfield & Stainforth, Thorne South, Crowle and Althorpe 150
Doncaster to Leeds 1 Bentley, Adwick, South Elmsall, Fitzwilliam, Sandal & Agbrigg, Wakefield Westgate and Outwood 170, 331
Sheffield via Rotherham
Route tph Calling at Stock
Sheffield to Adwick 23 Meadowhall, Rotherham Central, Swinton, Mexborough, Conisbrough, Doncaster, Bentley
  • Monday - Saturday only
158
Sheffield to Hull 1 Meadowhall, Rotherham Central, Swinton, Mexborough, Conisbrough, Doncaster, Kirk Sandall, Hatfield & Stainforth, Thorne North, Goole, Saltmarshe (irregular), Gilberdyke, Broomfleet (irregular), Brough, Ferriby and Hessle 158
Sheffield to Bridlington 1 Meadowhall, Doncaster, Goole, Brough, Hull, Cottingham, Beverley, Arram (limited), Hutton Cranswick, Driffield and Nafferton 158, 170
Sheffield to Leeds 1 Meadowhall, Rotherham Central, Swinton, Bolton-upon-Dearne, Goldthorpe, Thurnscoe, Moorthorpe, Fitzwilliam, Sandal & Agbrigg, Wakefield Westgate and Outwood 150, 158, 170
Sheffield to York Meadowhall, Rotherham Central, Swinton, Moorthorpe, Pontefract Baghill, Sherburn-in-Elmet, Church Fenton and Ulleskelf
  • 3 trains per day in each direction
  • Currently operated by a rail replacement bus service between Moorthorpe and York with alternative trains running between Sheffield and Moorthorpe
150, 158
Hull to Scarborough and York
Route tph Calling at Stock
Hull to Scarborough 1 Cottingham, Beverley, Arram (limited), Hutton Cranswick (irregular), Driffield, Nafferton (irregular), Bridlington, Bempton, Hunmanby, Filey and Seamer 155, 158, 170
Hull to York 12 Brough, Gilberdyke, Howden and Selby
  • An hourly service is provided between Hull and York when combined with the stopping service, see below.
155, 158
12 Brough, Gilberdyke, Howden, Selby, Sherburn-in-Elmet, Church Fenton and Ulleskelf (irregular)
  • An hourly service is provided between Hull and York when combined with the semi-fast service, see above.

Future servicesEdit

Many of the additional services promised at the December 2017 and December 2019 recasts never materialised following the problems which arose at the May 2018 timetable recast (the delayed December 2017 recast.) In January 2021, the government initiated a consultation proposing three options for the May 2022 recast.[13]

Option A involves few changes but does involve reducing the frequency of Buxton services, diverting all Southport services into Manchester Victoria and re-routing Cumbria to Manchester Airport services via Bolton. Option C involves a significant recast to standardise services, which would see at least half-hourly services on most commuter lines in the Manchester area and more evenly spaced services e.g. services every 15 minutes at Heaton Chapel and Levenshulme. However, option C does include some non-standard services operating at peak time e.g. Southport to Manchester Oxford Road and Wigan to Hazel Grove. Option B involves making more changes than option A but involves less significant changes than option C would see. Option A would see the fewest services overall, whereas option C would see the most. [14]

Rolling stockEdit

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. All Class 321 and 322s were withdrawn in mid-2020 and moved to Greater Anglia.[15] All Class 153s were sent to storage by December 2021.[16]

Current fleetEdit

Family Class Image Type Top speed Number Carriages Routes Built
mph km/h
Diesel multiple units
Sprinter 150/0   DMU 75 121 6 3

Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Liverpool, West Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire, South Yorkshire and Derbyshire[17]

1984–1987
150/1   46 2 1985–1986
150/2   26 1986–1987
155 Super Sprinter   7 2

York, Leeds, Hull and Scarborough[17]

1987–1988
156 Super Sprinter   51 2 North East, Cumbrian Coast, Lancashire and Cumbria, Merseyside and Cheshire[17] 1987–1989
 
158/0 & 158/9 Express Sprinter   90 145 45 2 South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Lancashire, Fylde Coast, North Yorkshire and the North East[17] 1990–1992
8 3
Bombardier Turbostar 170/4   100 161 16 3 Scarborough - Sheffield, Leeds - Knaresborough and York and Harrogate[17] 2003–2005
CAF Civity 195/0   25 2

Manchester - Derbyshire, Sheffield, Liverpool, Leeds and Barrow in Furness, York - Blackpool, Windermere and Chester - Leeds[17]

2017–2020
195/1 33 3
 
 
Electric multiple units
BR Second Generation (Mark 3) 319/3   EMU 100 161 12[18] 4 Manchester - Crewe, Liverpool, Blackpool and Liverpool - Wigan.[17] 1990
 
Hunslet Transportation Projects 323   90 145 17 3 Manchester-Hadfield, Manchester-Stoke on Trent, Manchester-Crewe, and Liverpool-Crewe[17] 1992–1995
 
CAF Civity 331/0   100 161 31 3

Blackpool North - Hazel Grove, Liverpool, Leeds - Skipton, Bradford Forster Square, Doncaster, Ilkley, Bradford Forster Square - Skipton[17]

2017–2020
331/1 12 4
 
 
CAF/Siemens Transportation Systems 333   16 4 Skipton - Bradford Forster Square, Leeds - Ilkley[17] 2000–2003
 
Bi-Mode Multiple Units
BR Second Generation (Mark 3) 769/4 BMU 100 161 8 4 Southport - Alderley Edge 2017–-2020 (1987–1988 as Class 319)
 

Future fleetEdit

17 Class 323s are to be transferred from West Midlands Trains.[19][20] This will result in the withdrawal of all Class 319 units.[21] 15 Class 156s are to transfer from East Midlands Railway, which includes the 9 Class 156/9s formerly used by Greater Anglia,[22] although they will be renumbered back to 156/4s before they are transferred.[23] The transferral of these units is already underway, with more to follow.[23]

Class Image Type Top speed Number Carriages Routes Built In service
mph km/h
Diesel multiple units
150/2 Sprinter   DMU 75 121 3 2 Local services across the North 1986–1987 TBA
 
156/4, /9 Sprinter   75 121 11 2 Local, commuter and regional services across the North 1987–1989 TBA
Electric multiple units
323[24]   EMU 90 145 17 3
  • Electrified commuter services in Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Merseyside
1992–1995 2023[25]
 

Past fleetEdit

Former train types operated by Northern Trains include:

Class Image Type Top speed Number Carriages Routes Notes Built Left fleet
mph km/h
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.

1985–1987 2020
144 Pacer   23 1986–1987
153 Super Sprinter   17 1 Replaced by Class 150 units, later sent to storage[16] 1987–1988 2020–2021
321/9 EMU 100 161 3 4 Electrified commuter services in West Yorkshire Replaced by Class 331 units 1991 2020
322   5 1990

DepotsEdit

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.

Northern Trains' fleet is maintained at depots listed in the table below:

Depot Picture Allocation Nearest station
Allerton TMD 150, 156, 195, 319, 323,[26] 331, 769 Liverpool South Parkway
Blackburn King Street TMD 150, 156, 195 Blackburn
Botanic Gardens TMD 08, 155, 158, 170 Hull Paragon
Heaton TMD 156, 158 Manors
Newton Heath TMD 150, 156, 195 Moston
Neville Hill TMD 155, 158, 170, 331, 333 Leeds
Wigan Springs Branch TMD 158, 195, 319, 331, 769 Wigan North Western

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "National Rail Enquiries - Northern". www.nationalrail.co.uk. Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  2. ^ "About Northern". www.northernrailway.co.uk. Retrieved 22 July 2021.
  3. ^ "Northern Trains Limited". Companies House. Archived from the original on 24 December 2020. Retrieved 4 October 2020.
  4. ^ Northern and TransPennine Express franchises awarded Railway Gazette International 9 December 2015
  5. ^ Arriva and First win franchises with 500 new carriages promise The Railway Magazine issue 1378 January 2016 page 6
  6. ^ Unacceptable #NorthernFail – the travel chaos passengers faced on first working day of new Northern timetable Manchester Evening News 21 May 2018
  7. ^ Northern trains axed amid timetable carnage BBC News 1 June 2018
  8. ^ a b Northern franchise to end within months Modern Railways issue 857 February 2020 page 8
  9. ^ Northern rail to be stripped of franchise, says Grant Shapps The Guardian 2 January 2020
  10. ^ Northern rail to be renationalised – and some Beeching closures could reopen The Guardian 27 January 2020
  11. ^ Ministers set to renationalise failed Northern rail franchise Financial Times 28 January 2020
  12. ^ "Northern Trains – Timetables". Northern. Retrieved 28 March 2020.
  13. ^ "Consultation launched to improve Manchester's railways". GOV.UK. 14 January 2021. Retrieved 18 April 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ "Manchester Recovery Task Force Public Consultation" (PDF). GOV.UK. Archived (PDF) from the original on 22 January 2021. Retrieved 23 June 2021.
  15. ^ Northern finishes with Dusty Bins Railways Illustrated July 2020 page 16
  16. ^ a b "Northern and East Midlands Railway Class 153 fleets stood down". Rail Express. No. February 2022. p. 26.
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Train Types | Northern". www.northernrailway.co.uk. Archived from the original on 19 April 2021. Retrieved 3 January 2022.
  18. ^ "Northern looks to the future". Modern Railways. 20 May 2021. Archived from the original on 3 April 2022.
  19. ^ Class 323 EMUs to remain in traffic with Northern Rail issue 886 28 August 2019 page 30
  20. ^ First refurbished Class 323 for Northern Railways Illustrated January 2020 page 9
  21. ^ Class 323s to remain with Northern in favour of 319s Today's Railways UK issue 214 October 2019 page 69
  22. ^ More 156s for Northern Modern Railways issue 870 March 2021 page 87
  23. ^ a b "Fleet Analysis (Northern)". Railways Illustrated, issue 230 April 2022 page 50.
  24. ^ "Northern to retain 323s". Modern Railways. 15 August 2019. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  25. ^ "Northern to receive first extra 323s in June 2023". Today's Railways UK. No. 242. April 2022. p. 68.
  26. ^ "Class 323 EMUs to remain in traffic with Northern". Rail. No. 886. August 2019. p. 30.

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Preceded by Operator of Northern franchise
2020 -
Succeeded by
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