Paul Headon has been selected as the fresh head of service planning for Northern. Commencing his role on Tuesday, August 29, he will hold complete accountability for managing the train operator’s extensive timetable, encompassing over 2,500 daily services connecting 500 stations throughout the North of England.

With prior experience as the head of timetable strategy at TransPennine Express, Headon is well-acquainted with the intricate realm of railway scheduling.

Commenting on his appointment, Paul Headon said: “I’m excited to join Northern and get stuck in with the team to deliver a timetable that works for our customers.

“As the second largest train operator in the UK, Northern has an important role to play in keeping the North of England on the move.”

Rob Warnes, strategic development director at Northern, said: “Timetable planning at this level is nothing short of a work of art – and like actual art, everyone has an opinion.

“Paul has amazing experience in this field and will make a huge contribution to our executive leadership team.”

Rail timetables change twice a year as part of a national process for all train operators in England.

In 2022, Northern introduced a new ‘Check My Timetable’ tool on its website to enable customers to see what those timetable change moments meant for them at their local station.

For more information about timetable change moments, visit: