A spokesperson for Northern said: “We are committed to an ambitious programme to modernise rail travel for our customers which will deliver better journeys and improve customer service in the North. “From January 2017 customers using Northern’s trains will see an average fare increase of just 2.2%. We understand any fare increase is likely to be unpopular, though overall fares will remain low...

Northern, part of the Arriva group, and TransPennine Express (TPE) are delighted to have been involved with the inaugural Mossley Light Festival. The festival, which took place on Thursday 24 November, was a celebration of art that explores the power of light to transform people and places. It included a lantern parade and the switching on of Mossley’s Christmas lights. Numerous paintings, from the...

Rail passengers in Newton-le-Willows are to benefit from new modern facilities with work soon set to get underway on a new station building as part of the transformation of the site (Monday 28 November). Network Rail will deliver this phase of the work after planning permission was granted recently by St Helens Council. It follows on from the construction of part of the new car park earlier this...

Northern, part of the Arriva group, is celebrating more awards success for the Friends of St Anne’s Station. The group won two awards at the Railfuture Awards, held in Birmingham on 12 November. The awards were for the Best Use of Social Media and the Best New Station Group. These follow the group’s recent success at the Royal Horticultural Society & North West in Bloom Awards. They have looked...

Northern, part of the Arriva group, is proud to announce the naming of one of its trains after a great British regiment last week. A Class 156 train, 156469, was named The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers (The Fighting Fifth) on 11 November in a ceremony at Newcastle Central station, following in the great tradition of naming trains and locomotives after military regiments and figures. The Royal...

A group of conductors and drivers based at Liverpool Lime Street Station have taken part in a gruelling 63hr charity train journey across Europe to raise funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the British Heart Foundation.  The team of seven comprised of colleagues from TransPennine Express (TPE), Virgin Trains and Northern who travelled from Liverpool Lime Street station by rail into Europe,...

Northern launches new gateline for Greater Manchester Northern, the UK’s largest train operator outside London has celebrated opening its third ticket gateline since the start of its new and transformational franchise in April. The gateline at Salford Crescent in Greater Manchester came into operation on Monday 7 November, following similar technology being launched at Liverpool Lime Street and...

Two employees of Northern, the UK’s largest train operator outside London, have recently scaled the heights of the Scottish highlands for charity. Kim Thompson (right), station supervisor at Hexham, and Chynna Cochrane (left), general purpose relief in Northumbria, climbed Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, in aid of Breast Cancer Care. Between them, they have so far raised over £1,200 for...

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