This franchise was a second-generation contract which combined the English routes of First North Western with those routes of Arriva Trains Northern which had not been transferred to another new franchise, TransPennine Express. The original duration was six years and nine months, with an optional extension. Two extensions were activated. The original end date was September 2011, then extended to 1 April 2014 and finally April 2016.
12 December 2004
1 Apr 2016
Abellio Transport Holding BV-Serco Group plc
Northern Rail Ltd
Local and regional services in northern England.
Northern Spirit/Arriva Trains Northern
First North Western
was replaced by