Northern Trains Limited is owned by DfT OLR Holdings Limited (DOHL), which took on the operation of Northern rail services on 1 March 2020.

DOHL is led by the same team that successfully managed the transfer of Virgin Trains East Coast into public ownership to become LNER in 2018. It was established by the UK Government’s Department for Transport to fulfil the Secretary of State for Transport’s requirements under Section 30 of the Railways Act 1993 – which places a duty on the Secretary of State for Transport to continue to provide rail services if a franchise is terminated.

DOHL is committed to working closely with all aspects of the rail industry to ensure the continued provision of critical passenger rail services.

For more information about DOHL visit https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/dft-olr-holdings-limited