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Launch of new Hull Trains service - special preview train arranged for invited guests and the media on Tuesday 12 Sept

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Hull Trains

Launch of new Hull Trains service - special preview train arranged for invited guests and the media on Tuesday 12 Sept

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12 September 2000
source Hull Trains
type Press release

note HT03/00

Advance notice to the media - launch of Hull Trains - Tuesday 12 September

Hull Trains, the company set-up to provide new and direct train services between Hull and London will officially launch the service with a special preview train from Hull to London and return, for invited guests and the media on Tuesday 12 September.

The full Hull Trains service will begin on Monday 25 September 2000 from the start of the winter timetable, but the special preview will welcome the service and provide key representatives from Government, local authorities, the rail industry and regulatory bodies, rail user groups and the media, with the opportunity to sample the new Hull Trains service.

The Deputy Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. John Prescott MP will be amongst the guests travelling on the inaugural run from Hull to London, and will officially welcome the new service with a photocall at Hull station with officials from Hull Trains, prior to the departure of the special preview train at 09.28am on Tuesday 12 September.

Created specifically for the people of Hull and the surrounding areas, Hull Trains will initially provide three direct services a day between Hull and London (calling at Brough, Selby, Doncaster and Grantham) on weekdays and one return service on Sundays.

Hull is currently the largest city in the UK without a regular direct train service to the capital, and with the support of the business community and stakeholders in Hull and the Humberside area, Hull Trains is delighted to fill this ‘gap’ in the national rail network with the start of their new direct service, bringing the city of Hull the dedicated service to the capital it deserves. As well as serving communities in and around Brough, Selby, Doncaster and Grantham.

Hull Trains is the new and better choice for travel between Hull and London for both business and leisure travellers. A range of affordable business focussed fares offer convenience and savings, with the leisure traveller having a choice of fares, from family days out to nights out in London and competitive short breaks to suit every budget.

Hull Trains services will be operated using new, high quality 100mph Class 170/2 diesel trains hired from Anglia Railways. The trains will feature on-board customer service staff, a buffet and space for bicycles, wheelchairs and luggage. The trains are air-conditioned with spacious First Class and standard seating.

Commenting on the launch of the new Hull Trains service, Jim Morgan, managing director Hull Trains said:

“The launch of the new Hull Trains service is an exciting development for the people of Hull, rail passengers and the rail industry as a whole.

“Everyone at Hull Trains is delighted to introduce such an innovative and overdue addition to the network for the new millennium, serving new communities and attracting many more passengers to rail.”

Editor’s notes

You are welcome to join us for the preview trip on Tuesday 12 September 2000. If you would like to attend or send a representative, please call Peter Meades or Jonathan Denby in the Hull Trains press office on 01473 693929 (if you have already responded to an earlier invitation there is no need to call to confirm).

The timings for the special preview trains are:

Outward journey Return journey
Depart Hull 09.28 Depart King’s Cross 13.34
Depart Brough 09.40 Arrive Grantham 15.01
Depart Selby 10.00 Arrive Doncaster 15.40
Depart Doncaster 10.19 Arrive Selby 16.04
Depart Grantham 11.05 Arrive Brough 16.24
Arrive King’s Cross 12.21 Arrive Hull 16.37

Film crews, photographers and reporters should meet Peter Meades and Jonathan Denby at Hull station. Those wishing to attend at King’s Cross station, London should meet Hull Trains’ marketing manager Barrie Thomas prior to the arrival of the train at 12.21.

The Hull Trains company was formed in 1998 - the GB Railways Group Plc has an 80% holding in Hull Trains. GB Railways currently owns the Anglia Railways’ franchise and many of the features and services of the new Hull Trains service will be provided in partnership with Anglia Railways.

GB Railways is one of the most innovative and forward-looking companies operating in the rail industry today. In addition to the operation of the Anglia franchise, GB launched (as part of the Anglia business) the new London Crosslink service in May this year linking East Anglia with Hampshire. GB has also recently entered the freight market forming GB Railfreight which has successfully secured an extensive 8-year contract with Railtrack. GB Railways is also involved in the East-West Rail Link consortium, as well as other interests in the UK and abroad.

For further details about this press release and the proposed new services, please ring the Hull Trains press office on 01473 693929 and ask for Jonathan Denby or Peter Meades. Alternatively, contact them by email.

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