Welcome to DfT OLR Holdings Limited's website 

On 29 January 2020, the Secretary of State announced his decision to transfer ownership of the Northern rail operations from Arriva Rail North to Northern Trains Limited, a subsidiary of DfT OLR Holdings Limited (DOHL).

DOHL is led by the same team that successfully managed the transfer of Virgin Trains East Coast into public ownership to become LNER in 2018. It was established by the UK Government’s Department for Transport to fulfil the Secretary of State for Transport’s requirements under Section 30 of the Railways Act 1993 – which places a duty on the Secretary of State for Transport to continue to provide rail services if a franchise is terminated.

The transfer to Northern Trains Limited will take place on 1 March 2020. Our initial focus will be to ensure a smooth transition, stabilise performance and restore reliability for customers.

Over the next few weeks, services will continue to run and customers should continue to purchase tickets in the usual way. We are continuing to work with all other train companies, as well as third parties, such as online ticket retailers. Therefore, tickets purchased for journeys using multiple train companies will still be valid. Further announcements will be made when the transfer is complete.

More details for customers, colleagues and suppliers can be found at the links below. 

Media Enquiries

Please contact the Northern Trains Limited press office on 0207 067 0089.

Media enquiries relating to the Secretary of State’s decisions and announcement should be directed to the Department for Transport’s press office on 0207 944 3021.

Click on these links to find out more: