A better connected north

The Northern Connect programme is already delivering on its promise of faster and more direct services between the major cities of the North, such as Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Sheffield. Furthermore, ninety per cent of these journeys taken will be on our new trains and we’ll be releasing more advance tickets on these routes.

With dozens of new trains now in service it marks the retirement of the vast majority of our pacer trains after 35 years’ service.

Industry-wide initiatives

Now entering its final phases, the Great North Rail Project, covering cities such as Liverpool, Manchester, York and beyond, is delivering a step change in people’s journeys across the North. This includes:

  • Direct access from Leeds to Southport and Lincoln as well as half-hourly services to Kirkstall Forge
  • Additional weekday evening services on the Durham Coast and between Morpeth, Newcastle and the Metrocentre
  • Six trains per hour between Manchester and Wigan
  • New hourly Chester to Leeds service linking the two cities with direct trains for the first time in many years.
  • Gainsborough Central got its first weekday rail service for almost 30 years
  • Improved links between Cumbria and Manchester Airport
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