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More than 30 Northern stations given freshly painted facelift

03 March 2021

35 stations given makeover  
More than 9700m has been freshly painted – the length of 80 football pitches 
Overall investment of £800,000 

Work to give more than 30 stations across the Northern network a facelift is almost complete. 

The rail operator has given more than 9700 metres of walls, waiting rooms, benches, railings, doors and window frames a fresh coat of paint - with the area of the completed work measuring the size of three football pitches. 

Northern has invested more than £800,000 on improving the overall look of each station building to provide a better welcome for customers. 

The improvements come as part of Northern’s wider programme of transformation across the rail network.  

Northern’s campaign – A Better Way to Go - highlights the work being done by the train operator to improve every step of the customer journey. 

Tony Baxter, Regional Director at Northern, said: “I would like to thank our customers for their patience while improvement works were carried out.  The stations look fantastic, and their new look will help us provide a better travelling experience for all our passengers.” 

“We are working hard to make sure our stations are safe, accessible and welcoming places for customers and even small changes – like giving our stations a fresh coat of paint - can make a big difference.  

“Our A Better Way to Go campaign demonstrates the hard work that has taken place as we continue to transform rail travel in the north and I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved.”  

The campaign, which will be seen in stations, on-trains and online, will also cover improvements such as:  

  • New fleet made up of 100 state-of-the-art trains  
  • Another 240 trains have been fully refurbished 
  • Industry leading mobility scooter policy  
  • Roll-out of more bodycam units for station staff  
  • Improved CCTV onboard and in stations  
  • Car park refurbishments  
  • Platform extensions  

As part of the campaign, Northern has launched an online tool allowing people to find out what improvements have been made to their local station. The tool can be found at 

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