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Our Northern Vision


Northern plays a vital role in the north of England by connecting tens of thousands of people to work, leisure, education and more every day.

We are publicly-owned, headquartered in York, and our parent company is DfT OLR Holdings Ltd (DOHL). Northern Trains Limited is a subsidiary of DOHL.

There are many exciting plans and benefits to come for Northern. These include:

  • The continued roll-out of new state-of-the-art trains with a top speed of 100mph

  • Extra capacity delivered by the new fleet

  • A major deep cleaning program of all trains

  • An overhaul of on-board cleanliness to ensure every journey will be made on a train fit for passengers

  • New technology is being trialled to identify crowding pinch points to reduce overcrowding

  • Work is underway to extend platforms at 30 stations across the network to allow for longer trains and to improve journeys