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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.

Northern is owned by Northern Trains Ltd, a subsidiary of the Department for Transport’s public sector owning group, ‘DOHL.’ DOHL has responsibility for three rail companies, LNER, Northern Trains Limited and SE Trains ('Southeastern').

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