The Government has announced a new deal which see sections of the rail network electrified in the north, delivering cleaner, quicker and more reliable journeys for passengers travelling Sheffield, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle.
Rail Minister Stephen Hammond said: “Rail travel across the north will be transformed over the next five years through huge levels of Government investment.
“However, I am well aware that there is a need for action now. So I have insisted on even tougher punctuality, reliability and passenger satisfaction targets for Northern Rail.
“We will also continue to work closely with the operator to deliver additional electric trains which will strengthen services across the network.”
The Department for Transport and Northern Rail are working on proposals to deliver a fleet of electric trains for the franchise, which would see existing diesel stock released.
The operator will also provide new passenger information screens at a further 100 train stations and will work to make buying tickets more convenient.
The deal has been co-signed by five Passenger Transport Executives serving the north.