The money will go towards introducing tap-in and tap-out ticketing, as well as London-style price caps, to more than 400 stations across the North.
The Northern stations will make up more than half of the stations being invested in, with the Department for Transport saying the funds would go towards introducing rail ticketing reform to more than 700 stations across the country.
The government said the changes would be rolled out over the next three years, with every city in the North West having pay-as-you-go and contactless ticketing by the end of that period. Funds would also go towards providing greater integration between local bus and tram networks, according to the department.
It is hoped that the changes will not only improve daily commutes but also simplify journeys and make sure passengers are charged the best price.
“Passengers across the North and Midlands have waited far too long to see the same fast, easy and convenient ticketing as those in London,” said transport secretary Grant Shapps. “We’re determined to put that right.
“Today’s investment is just the first phase of our efforts to overhaul our rail network, focused on improving journeys for passengers right across the country.”
The news comes ahead of the Integrated Rail Plan’s publication, which will outline the government’s plans for future rail work. IRP will allegedly water down Northern Powerhouse Rail, ditching plans for a new rail link between Manchester and Leeds in favour of upgrading the existing route.
That decision has been met with criticism by Northern leaders.