Saturday, 29 February 2020

Northern by Arriva

331 016 & 020 approaching Blackpool North on a service from Hazel Grove on 26th February


Saturday 29th February marked the last day of operation of the Arriva Rail North franchise, otherwise known as Northern. From Sunday 1st March the Northern operations were to be handed over to HM Government's Operator of Last Resort and known as Northern Trains. Since it was announced on the 29th January that Northern were to lose the franchise, the "by arriva" part of the "northern by arriva" branding has gradually been removed from the side of trains. The photos shown here were taken during the last few weeks of Arriva operation, by which time most of the trains were simply branded as "northern", removing any reference to the Arriva franchise.

331 020 on the 09:34 to Hazel Grove at Poulton-le-Fylde on 27th February


331 019 still carrying arriva branding, at Layton Station on 26th February


331 111 at Preston on a Manchester Airport service on 28th January


DMU 195 101 at Layton Station on a Blackburn train on 17th February


331 016 at Manchester Piccadilly on 27th February


319 386 at Layton Station on 17th February


331 020 & 021 approaching Layton Station on 17th February

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