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 top tips to help children and parents when travelling to and from school during this difficult COVID period.


Travelling with us:

Face coverings

You’ll need to wear a face covering on our trains and in stations, unless you are exempt or under the age of 11 years old.


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. Timetables change on Monday 14th September.



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


Social distancing

Where possible keep your distance from other passengers, this includes other schoolchildren not in your travel group.


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!