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2000-09-19 HUL-001
Hull Trains


First new train service begins under rail industrys open access arrangements as Hull Trains commences services between Hull and London on Monday 25 September

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Hull Trains

First new train service begins under rail industrys open access arrangements as Hull Trains commences services between Hull and London on Monday 25 September

19 September 2000
source Hull Trains
type Press release

note HT04/00

Hull Trains, the company set-up to provide new and direct train services between Hull and London will officially commence the first new train service under the rail industry’s “open access” arrangements with the start of the Hull Trains service on Monday 25 September 2000.

Hull Trains services on weekdays depart London Kings Cross at 08.33, 10.36 and 16.03. Departures from Hull leave at 06.20, 12.09 and 16.30.

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. The service also provides a new regular link from London offering business and leisure travel opportunities, assisting in the continuing economic regeneration of Hull and surrounding areas.

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 providing a wide range of affordable business focussed fares offering 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 Hull Trains as the first new open access service in the rail industry is an exciting development for the people of Hull and rail passengers everywhere. 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

Reporters, film crews and photographers are invited to attend the start of the new Hull Trains service on Monday 25 September.

A number of photocalls have been arranged and these will take place at:

London Kings Cross station (08.15 – 08.30) prior to the departure of the 08.33 service – the first Hull Trains departure from London, and at (10.15 – 10.30) prior to the departure of the 10.36 service.

Hull station (06.00 – 06.15) prior to the departure of the 06.20 service – the first Hull Trains departure from Hull, and at (11.50 – 12.05) prior to the departure of the 12.09 service.

Please meet Jonathan Denby, Corporate Affairs Manager, Hull Trains at Hull station at 06.00 or 11.50.

Alternatively at London Kings Cross, meet Peter Meades, Communications Manager, Hull Trains at 08.15 or 10.15.

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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