Northern is strongly committed to promoting cycling as a sustainable and healthy means of transport that complements our train service. Our vision is to 'connect people to opportunities by the most sustainable means' and cycling has an important role to play.

We want to do more to make this an attractive option so we are working with local authorities and the cycling community to see where we can make our stations more cycle-friendly.

Bikes are carried free of charge at any time and you don't need to make reservations.

The cycle space on trains is clearly marked, both internally and externally. Space is allocated on a first come, first served basis.

We can only carry a maximum of two bikes per train but conductors have responsibility for the safety of their train and have the right to refuse entry if the train is busy.

Please note: a 'bike' refers to an unpowered two-wheel cycle - it excludes tandems, tricycles, power-assisted cycles and trailers.

Leaving bikes at stations

At some stations we already have facilities where you can leave your bike and, in general, cycle storage is free.

In some areas 'bike locker user club' facilities are provided, like those in Greater Manchester PTE, where cyclists pay a small annual fee for access to safe storage facilities.

For more information on what facilities are available at your local stations, please phone our Customer Relations team on 0333 222 0125 or visit the National Rail website.

Abandoned cycles left on stations will be removed after 4 weeks.

Cycle tourism and rail

Northern serves all of the North of England and parts of the East Midlands, and we can take you to some of the most spectacular scenery in the country.

There are many bike hire firms at or near our stations, including Settle which offers an award-winning package which includes one-way rail travel from Settle to Ribblehead or Garsdale, and a downhill cycle ride back! Visit for more information.

Lancashire County Council has produced a series of leaflets on cycle rides from stations in West Lancashire, which can be found on the Cycling W2W website.

For other ideas and places to visit, the following websites may be useful.