Frequently Asked Questions

What happens to train services during a strike?

We now operate around 60 per cent of our usual services. On weekday and Saturday strikes, for example, services generally do not start before 7am, with services winding down between 5pm and 7pm. If strikes take place on Sundays, services will generally operate between 9am and 5pm. Please check before you travel.

Northern will do everything it can to keep people on the move during a strike.

However, we are only able to provide a limited number of train services. The services we provide are based on the availability and location of Northern employees who are trained conductors. Wherever possible, we also focus services on our busiest routes into major towns and cities.

We don’t expect this to happen. However, if there are any knock on impacts we will update customers via our website, news outlets and on our social media feeds.

We will keep this page updated with the latest travel information for the industrial action. You can also find us on Facebook at

You can get real time journey updates to your mobile at or by tweeting @northernassist

If you need further assistance when travelling with Northern, please contact our Customer Experience Centre on 0800 200 6060.

All of the services we run are included in the timetables that we put on this page when a strike is announced. You can also check online train sites such as National Rail Enquiries and Trainline.