Rail North welcomes train operators first year franchise deliveries

17 March 2017

The Association of Rail North Partner Authorities, the organisation that oversees the North’s two major rail franchises, TransPennine Express and…

Photo of class 185 unit (185108) in new TransPennine Express liveryNew TransPennine Express livery

New franchises herald new era for North’s rail passengers

1 April 2016

New train franchises mark the start of greater investment and greater local control.

Franchise winners announced

9 December 2015

Arriva and First have been chosen to run the new Northern and TransPennine Express franchises from April 2016.

Partnership Agreement signed

20 March 2015

Transport Secretary and Directors of Rail North have signed the Partnership Agreement which will govern the new Northern and TransPennine Express franchises from April 2016.

Patrick McLoughlin MP, Julie Hilling MP & Andrew Jones MP.

Electrification Task Force Final Report Revealed

5 March 2015

Report examines thirty two routes across the north for their suitability, affordability and contribution to northern economic prosperity.

Invitations to Tender published

27 February 2015

The minimum requirements for the new Northern and TransPennine Express franchises from April 2016 have been agreed and published by Rail North and DfT.

Short-list for Northern and TransPennine Express franchises revealed

19 August 2014

Train companies that are in the running to transform rail services across the north have been announced.

Help shape rail services in the north of England

9 June 2014

Consultation on the new Northern and TransPennine Express rail franchises, which will begin in February 2016, is now underway. Run by the…

Partnership principles agreed

24 January 2014

Foundation for stronger decision-making involvement of the North of England's authorities agreed

New Rail North – DfT franchising partnership announced

25 November 2013

Proposals developed by Rail North will form the basis for the partnership, including a Long-Term Rail Strategy, the draft version of which was widely consulted on over the summer