Northern is investing £1billion to transform rail travel in the North and the introduction of 98 state-of-the art, brand new trains by 2020 forms part of this.

We are committed to making the right improvements for our customers. From Tuesday 30 August to Tuesday 20 September, Northern held a series of roadshow events across the network to gather feedback on one of the key design features of the new trains; the seats. 


Venue   Dates Times
Leeds Station 30/31 August  0700 – 1900 
Manchester Victoria  1/2 September  1000 – 1900
Liverpool Lime Street   5/6 September  1000 – 1900
Blackpool North 8/9 September   1000 – 1900
Newcastle  15 September   1000 – 1900
Carlisle   16 September   1000 – 1700
Sheffield   19/20 September   1000 – 1900


The new seats roadshows represent the first of many engagement events to gather the opinions that really matter so that they can inform and influence the travel experience we deliver in the future.

The 98 new trains are just one of the ways Northern is transforming the standard of rail travel in the North.  

Other investments will include:

  • Upgrading 243 trains to “as-new”
  • Adding 2,000 extra services a week by 2019
  • Adding 400 extra Sunday services by 2019
  • Making free on-board WiFi available to all our customers from 2018
  • Creating a faster inter-urban network