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Hull Trains

Plans announced for new rail service for major UK city
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date
26 August 1999
source Hull Trains
type Press release



A NEW COMPANY – HULL TRAINS IS FORMED TO INTRODUCE A HIGH SPEED REGULAR TRAIN SERVICE BETWEEN LONDON AND HULL TO START FROM EITHER MAY 2000 OR MAY 2001

GB RAILWAYS TEAMS UP WITH JOHN NELSON AND MIKE JONES FOR AN EXCITING NEW VENTURE

GB Railways has teamed up with railway executives John Nelson and Mike Jones to launch a new company, Hull Trains, to introduce direct, regular, high speed train services between London and Hull.

The company’s exciting plans would mean an hourly service between London and Hull from May 2001 using new 125mph trains. As well as reducing the journey time from the current 3 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes, the proposals would deliver an improved service frequency to stations such as Grantham, Doncaster, Selby and Brough. A bid for train “paths” has already been made to Railtrack and a submission put to the regulatory bodies.

Other features of the new service would include :

New trains offering air conditioned First Class and Standard accommodation, catering from a buffet or at-seat trolley service, space for wheelchairs and bicycles.

o Connections with existing GNER and WAGN services to increase the seats available to passengers on the popular and busy.
o A doubling of the service frequency between Hull and Doncaster.
o A customer-focused Passenger’s Charter.
o A franchise-style commitment to run the service until at least 2010.
o Rolling stock compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act.
o Customer service staff on-board all trains.

The operators have committed to run the service without any Government subsidy. The service would also bring substantial economic and employment benefits to East Yorkshire (estimated at £120 million) and reduced congestion (estimated £18 million). Hull is currently the largest English city without a regular direct service to London.

The plans have the full support of local councils and local businesses, including Hull Chamber of Commerce, Associated British Ports, British Aerospace, Northern Foods, BP Chemicals and Selby District Council.

The service could start as early as May 2000 with 100mph trains providing seven daily round trips (5 on Sundays) between Hull and the capital. From May 2001, the service would be with 125mph new trains providing 14 daily round trips (12 on Sundays).

Regulatory approval would be necessary from both the Shadow Strategic Rail Authority (SSRA) and the Office of the Rail Regulator (ORR) before the service could be introduced. There are also plans from GNER and WAGN to operate more trains on the East Coast route and the regulatory authorities will be deciding how much capacity Railtrack should be making available for additional train services and which proposals should be taken forward.

Press Conference in Hull

A briefing for the media / press on Hull Trains’ proposals will be held in Hull on Friday 3 September at 10.30am. This will take place at the Quality Hotel Royal (Minster Room), Ferensway, Hull. You are welcome to attend the briefing. The Hotel is close to the station.

Photographs with John Nelson at Hull station can be arranged on request.

Editor’s note

GB Railways has interests in passenger railway businesses in Britain and Australia. In the UK, it holds the Anglia Railways franchise. Anglia Railways is one of the most successful and innovative train operating companies with train performance in the top 5 in the country. The company has also been awarded 3 successive Charter Mark awards (1993, 1996, 1999) for excellence in customer service (the first train company to achieve this feat - only one other train company, Chiltern, has won a Charter Mark award, in 1995 and 1998).

In Australia GB Railways it has a significant minority interest in and a five year contract to provide management services for Great Southern Railways which runs the three long distance train services (The Ghan, the Overland and the Indian Pacific).

John Nelson has 30 years experience in the railway industry, in which he has held a number of senior positions – including General Manager, Eastern Region and Managing Director InterCity East Coast for British Rail.

Mike Jones has also spent most of his career as a railway executive including senior positions in the freight and telecommunications businesses.

For further details about this press release or any other queries, please ring Jonathan Denby or Peter Meades on 01473 693929. For urgent or out-of-office hours calls please ring 01523 523523 and leave a message for pager no. 833523. We’ll return your call as soon as we can.


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