A spokesman for Northern said: “Northern, part of the Arriva Group, can confirm that, later this year, Alex Hynes will leave his role of managing director. He will leave to take up his new role as managing director of the ScotRail Alliance and we will make an announcement on his successor in due course.

"In the meantime, all at Northern remain focused on our ambitious programme to modernise rail travel for our customers. The improvements include new and refurbished trains, a host of station improvements, more seats and extra services."