Northern has unveiled a remarkable transformation at its Neville Hill depot in Leeds, showcasing striking before-and-after images of the £350,000 renovation. Within a mere 14-week timeframe, the team successfully converted an antiquated laundry room into a contemporary production office, introduced a cutting-edge communication and briefing area replete with state-of-the-art interactive screens, and carried out comprehensive lighting upgrades.

The facility has additionally undergone a thorough deep cleaning and received a fresh coat of paint, lending it a rejuvenated appearance.

On a daily basis, a dedicated team of engineers and support staff at Neville Hill diligently tend to 34 trains from nine distinct fleets, performing over 500 safety-critical and service-related tasks. Their efforts directly contribute to the operation of 260 passenger services and indirectly support an additional 825 services.

Since assuming exclusive control of the depot in 2021, Northern has executed an extensive site-wide cleanup, streamlined teams for enhanced efficiency, bolstered security measures, refurbished staff facilities, and heightened safety through the installation of illuminated walkways. The Neville Hill team also generously shares their knowledge with TrainCare Centres nationwide, facilitating an ongoing program of depot visits.

Andrew Marden, TrainCare Centre manager at Neville Hill, said: “I’d like to thank everyone involved in this project, the end result is absolutely fantastic. These changes will mean we can carry on our work to provide the best possible service for our customers.

“A successful Neville Hill benefits not only our customers but the local community too.

“While customers will benefit from better maintained and more reliable trains; the local community will have access to employment opportunities supported by training and apprenticeships.”

Northern is the second largest train operator in the UK, with 2,500 services a day to more than 500 stations across the North of England.