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Northern plays a vital role in the north of England by connecting tens of thousands of people to work, leisure, education and more every day.
Our aim is to connect you to opportunities by providing a reliable and friendly train service.
We have made significant progress since we started but there is much more that we want to achieve.
We are owned by a 50:50 joint venture between Serco Group plc, the international services company, and Abellio, a subsidiary of NS Dutch Railways. In addition to the Northern franchise, they also hold the 25-year concession to run Merseyrail services.
Northern was formed in December 2004 when our parent companies won the franchise contract (awarded by the UK Government) to operate train services in the north of England until April 2014.
Serco has run the highly successful Docklands Light Railway since 1997 and in summer 2007 it won a seven-year extension. Serco also operates and maintains the Dubai Metro, which was opened in 2009 and is the world’s most extensive driverless metro system. Serco Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange.
Abellio has a strong position in the UK rail market through its successful rail business Merseyrail and Northern Rail, both operated in 50-50 joint venture with Serco, and Greater Anglia. Abellio is also active in the London bus market through Abellio London and Surrey. On mainland Europe, Abellio operates bus and rail contracts in several federal states in Germany through Abellio Deutschland and bus contracts in the Czech Republic through Probo Bus.
Through its Best Practice programme Abellio systematically supports the performance of its businesses. The programme provides a platform for exchanging knowledge, experience and expertise across Abellio’s parent company Netherlands Railways and Abellio’s businesses and gives staff the opportunity to share common (and differing) capabilities, grow their own experience base, and build relationships across the family of companies. The programme offers activities such as biannual international seminars, site visits, secondments, benchmarks, and workshops, managed by functional leaders within Abellio.
For more information on Abellio, please visit www.abellio.com
We are passionate about making a positive difference to the communities that we serve but making that happen takes hard work and a commitment to building strong, effective partnerships. Find out more about our working partnerships.