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Great Northern

Great Northern's 2019 highlights

In 2019, we have delivered new trains, better ways to pay, upgraded local stations and job opportunities for young people.

Fleet transformation


We have replaced 132 Class 313 carriages – over 40 years old, with 150 brand new Class 717 carriages on Great Northern’s London suburban fleet. This completed our network wide fleet transformation programme, which turned one of the UK’s oldest fleets into one of the most modern. Find out more here.

Improved ticketing across the route


Oyster card payment is now valid as far as Potters Bar and Hertford North, and Contactless payment is available to Welwyn Garden City.

Seasons tickets are now available on The Key Smartcard to Cambridge and stations to King’s Lynn.

Keeping our communities at the heart of our business


We support 16 station partnerships across our Great Northern route – delivering upgraded, vibrant local station environments. Find out more here.

Supporting young people across our network


This year our ‘Get into Railways’ programme, delivered in partnership with The Prince’s Trust, saw young people employed at St Pancras station and Finsbury Park – as part of our commitments to having a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work, helping young people along our route into employment and generating social value across the London and the South East. Read all about the programme here.

The East Coast Upgrade has begun

Network Rail has begun work on the East Coast Upgrade – which will increase capacity on our route. This includes constructing a new platform at Stevenage and re-aligning the tracks on the approach to London King’s Cross. This saw the successful closure of East Coast Mainline over the August Bank Holiday – thank you for your patience.

Corporate and social responsibility

We believe in doing business in a responsible way – serving our passengers and benefiting the communities around our stations.