Two Class 802 units passing at Northallerton in June 2020
1 April 2016 - 31 March 2023
|Main route(s)||North West England, Yorkshire and Humber, North East England, Scotland|
|Predecessor||First TransPennine Express|
TransPennine Express (TPE) is a British train operating company owned by FirstGroup that operates the TransPennine Express franchise. It runs regional and intercity rail services between the major cities of Northern England and Scotland.
The franchise operates all its services to and through Manchester covering three main routes. The service provides rail links for major towns and cities such as Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, Sheffield, Hull, Leeds, York, Scarborough, Middlesbrough and Newcastle. TPE also run trains 24 hours a day, including through New Year's Eve night. Trains run between York, Leeds and Manchester Airport at least every three hours every night of the week.
The TransPennine Express brand was launched in the early 1990s by British Rail's Regional Railways sector. It became part of Regional Railways North East and on 2 March 1997 was privatised with Northern Spirit and its successor, Arriva Trains Northern maintaining the brand.
In 2000, the Strategic Rail Authority announced that it planned to reorganise the North West Regional Railways and Regional Railways North East franchises operated by First North Western and Arriva Trains Northern. A TransPennine Express franchise would be created for the long-distance regional services, the remaining services being operated by a new Northern franchise.
In July 2003, the TransPennine franchise was awarded to a joint venture between FirstGroup and Keolis, and the services operated by Arriva Trains Northern and First North Western were transferred to First TransPennine Express on 1 February 2004. On 11 November 2007, the services from Manchester to Edinburgh and Glasgow via the West Coast Main Line formerly operated by Virgin CrossCountry were transferred to First TransPennine Express.
In August 2014, the Department for Transport announced FirstGroup, Keolis/Go-Ahead and Stagecoach had been shortlisted to bid for the next franchise. In December 2015, FirstGroup was awarded the franchise of TransPennine Express. The effective date of the new franchise was 1 April 2016 and will run until 31 March 2023, with an option to extend for two years.
As part of a recasting of the franchise map by the Department for Transport, services from Manchester Airport to Blackpool North; Manchester Airport to Barrow in Furness; and Oxenholme to Windermere were transferred to the Northern franchise on 1 April 2016.
The TransPennine Express routes are subdivided into three operations:
Details of each route, including maps and timetables, are on the TransPennine Express official website (see External links, below). In May 2018, following the transfer of the Manchester Piccadilly to Huddersfield Northern stopping service to TPE, regular services ceased between some of the intermediate Pennine stations, most daytime services either stopped at Mossley and Slaithwaite, or Greenfield and Marsden. Following the December 2018 timetable change, however, regular services resumed between Mossley, Slaithwaite, Greenfield and Marsden.
As of December 2019, the following services operate off-peak, Mondays to Saturdays, with frequencies in trains per hour (tph):
|Liverpool Lime Street to Scarborough||1||Lea Green, Manchester Victoria, Stalybridge, Huddersfield, Leeds, Garforth, York, Malton, Seamer||68,|
|Manchester Airport to Redcar Central||1||Gatley, Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Oxford Road, Manchester Victoria, Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Leeds, York, Thirsk, Northallerton, Yarm, Thornaby, Middlesbrough|
|Liverpool Lime Street to Edinburgh Waverley via Newcastle||1||Newton-le-Willows, Manchester Victoria, Huddersfield, Leeds, York, Darlington, Durham, Newcastle, Morpeth
Some trains also call at Chester-le-Street
|Manchester Airport to Newcastle||1||Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Oxford Road, Manchester Victoria, Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Leeds, York, Northallerton, Darlington, Durham, Chester-le-Street (1tp2h)|
|Manchester Piccadilly to Hull||1||Stalybridge, Huddersfield, Leeds, Selby, Brough||185|
|Manchester Piccadilly to Huddersfield||1||Stalybridge, Mossley, Greenfield, Marsden, Slaithwaite|
|Huddersfield to Leeds||1||Deighton, Mirfield, Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury, Batley, Morley, Cottingley|
|Manchester Airport to Cleethorpes||1||Manchester Piccadilly (trains reverse), Stockport, Sheffield, Meadowhall, Doncaster, Scunthorpe, Barnetby, Habrough, Grimsby Town
some trains also call at Gatley, East Didsbury, Burnage, Mauldeth Road, Dore & Totley, Rotherham Central, Kirk Sandall, Hatfield & Stainforth, Thorne South, Crowle and Althorpe
|TransPennine North West|
|Manchester Airport to Glasgow Central or Edinburgh Waverley via Preston||1||Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Oxford Road, Bolton (irregular), [a], Preston, Lancaster, Oxenholme Lake District,[b]Penrith (irregular),[b]Carlisle, Lockerbie (irregular)[b]
1tp2h continues to Glasgow Central, calling at Motherwell.
1tp2h continues to Edinburgh Waverley, calling at Haymarket.
|Liverpool Lime Street to Glasgow Central via St Helens Central||4tpd [c]||St Helens Central (2tpd), Wigan North Western, Preston, Lancaster (2tpd), Penrith (3tpd), Carlisle (3tpd), Lockerbie (1tpd)
Some southbound trains call at Lea Green instead of St Helens Central
TransPennine Express inherited a fleet of 4 Class 170 and 51 Class 185 DMUs as well as 10 Class 350/4 EMUs from First TransPennine Express, however the Class 170s left for Chiltern Railways to be converted to Class 168s shortly afterwards. It is planned that when all new trains in the Nova fleet enter service, 22 of the 51 Class 185 DMUs will be returned to Eversholt Rail Group. In 2020, all ten of the Class 350 EMUs transferred to West Midlands Trains following a delayed introduction of the Class 397 (Nova 2) sets 
The new trains in the Nova fleet started to enter service in August 2019, with the Nova 3 sets (Class 68 + Mark 5A coaches) the first to do so on 24 August 2019. The Nova 1 (Class 802) sets followed on 28 September 2019, and the Nova 2 sets (Class 397) on 30 November 2019. TPE officially launched the Nova fleet on 22 November at Liverpool Lime Street station.
|Trainset||Class||Image||Type||Top speed||No.||Carriages||Routes operated||Built|
|Diesel multiple units|
|Siemens Desiro||185||DMU||100||160||51||3||All routes: North and South TransPennine & TransPennine North West||2005-06|
|Electric multiple units|
|CAF Civity||397 Nova 2||EMU||125||200||12||5||TransPennine North West||2017-19|
|Locomotive hauled stock|
|Stadler UKLight||Class 68||Diesel locomotive||100||160||14||5||
|CAF||Mark 5A Nova 3||Coach||125||200||52||2017-18|
|Bi-mode multiple units|
|Hitachi AT300||802/2 Nova 1||BMU||125||200||19||5||
Former units operated by TransPennine Express include:
|Class||Image||Type||Top speed||Number||Carriages||Routes||Transferred to||Built||Left Fleet|
|170/3 Turbostar||DMU||100||160||4||2||Manchester Piccadilly-Cleethorpes/Hull/York||Chiltern Railways and converted to Class 168/3s||2000||2016|
|350/4 Desiro||EMU||110||177||10||4||TransPennine North West||West Midlands Trains||2013-14||2019-20|
TransPennine Express services run over a large area of northern England and southern Scottish Lowlands. Many of the largest stations they serve are managed by other train operating companies or Network Rail.
Some stations from the former TransPennine Express franchise (First Keolis) were transferred to Northern. These include Arnside, Barrow-in-Furness, Birchwood, Burneside, Carnforth, Grange-over-Sands, Kendal, Staveley, Ulverston, Warrington Central and Windermere.
Siemens maintains the Class 185 fleet at Ardwick depot in Manchester with a smaller facility in York. Scottish stabling points for both stock include Polmadie TRSMD (Glasgow) and Craigentinny T.&R.S.M.D. (Edinburgh). Hitachi will maintain the AT300 fleet at Doncaster Carr and Craigentinny. The new EMUs and loco-hauled sets will be maintained by Alstom, on behalf of TransPennine Express, at Longsight (Manchester), Edge Hill (Liverpool) and Polmadie (Glasgow).
TransPennine Express have depots for its train crews at Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Airport (conductors), York, Newcastle, Scarborough, Hull, Cleethorpes, Sheffield, Preston, Liverpool and Glasgow Central.