Secretary of State visits TransPennine Express train upgrade

22 November 2017

The Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling visited Siemens’ York facility on Friday 17 November to see the £32 million upgrade work that…

Better links for Blackburn

21 November 2017

Rail passengers in East Lancashire will now have more options to travel to Manchester during the day thanks to an additional hourly service being…

Ordsall Chord opening – a major industry achievement

9 November 2017

Manchester’s three main railway stations were connected for the first time today by the Ordsall Chord bridge - the historic centrepiece of the…

New maintenance depot in Blackburn unveiled

31 October 2017

On Thursday 26 October Blackburn’s new £23m train maintenance depot was officially opened. The facility will be used to maintain up to 30…

North welcomes New Stations Fund success stories

15 August 2017

Rail North and Transport for the North welcome news that two new railway stations in the North have been successful in securing over £8.6 million…

National Rail Passenger Survey results are in

10 August 2017

National Rail Passenger Survey results show improvements in passenger satisfaction in the North – but challenges still remain Since the new…

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.