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Returning to school

Travelling with Northern Trains during the COVID-19 recovery period

As schools reopen we’re doing our upmost to keep our services safe for everyone, but we understand things are going to be little unusual for those travelling on trains at the moment.

We’ve pulled together some tips to help children and parents when travelling to and from school during this difficult COVID period.


To learn more about travel during COVID you can read our FAQs here.


Travelling with us:

Face coverings

Please continue to wear a face covering on our trains and at stations. Thank you for being considerate of other customers and our colleagues.

Details about facecoverings can be found on our FAQs page


Check train times

Remember to check train times before you travel and allow extra time for your journey. We are running fewer services on certain routes than you may be used to. You don’t need to reserve a seat to travel with Northern.

View timetables here



Buy before you board. You can purchase tickets from the booking office, at Ticket Vending Machines or online/via the Northern app.

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Social distancing

The Government has relaxed the legal restrictions on keeping 2m apart from people you don't live with. Some people will still prefer to keep their distance, where possible, so please be considerate of your fellow passengers. Social distancing will not always be possible when trains are busy, please be considerate of other passengers if you choose to board a busy train


Be considerate

There are lots of people starting to use the trains again, some might be nervous and even vulnerable. Please be kind and respectful of everyone travelling.


Clean Hands

Wash your hands regularly and, if possible, carry hand sanitizer.


Clean Trains

Help us stay clean. Take any litter and face coverings with you when you leave the train. Every carriage that has been in service is given a thorough clean at the end of the night before being sent out the next day.


Our Teams

Our Northern teams are here to keep you safe on-board trains and at stations. Things may have changed since your last train journey so pay attention, look for important safety messages and listen to any instructions.

If you need help please ask!


Busy Trains

Trains on the Airedale and Wharfedale lines are expected to be busier than usual from 8 March when children return to school.
Our trains have limited capacity and social distancing may not always be possible on the most popular train services around school opening and closing times.

The trains listed here are expected to be busy. To help with social distancing please avoid travelling on these services if possible: