Northern Rail (Serco-Abellio)

English train operating company which operated the Northern franchise from 2004 to 2016
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Northern Rail is a British train operating company. It has run local passenger services in Northern England since December 2004. Northern Rail's owner was Serco and Abellio. They run 287 trains to 529 stations. They own 456 of those stations.

Northern Rail
Northern Rail Class 323, 323224, Alderley Edge railway station (geograph 4524576).jpg
12 December 2004 – 31 March 2016
Main region(s)North West, North East,
Yorkshire and the Humber
Other region(s)East Midlands and Staffordshire
Fleet size333[1]
Stations called at526
Stations operated464[1]
Route km operated2,695.7
National Rail abbreviationNT
Parent companySerco-Abellio

In 2016, Serco and Abellio lost the franchise to Arriva, who promised to buy new trains.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "About Northern: Facts and Figures". Archived from the original on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  2. "Arriva chosen to run and expand Northern franchise from next year".