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Ten year access granted
type Press release
date 18 June 2002
source Hull Trains
Hull Trains, the UK’s only open access rail operator, has been awarded ten year access rights by the Rail Regulator. This contract has taken around a year to negotiate and means that Hull Trains has the right to continue running its service until the summer timetable change date in May 2010.
The access rights agreement marks a major milestone in the development of Hull Trains and will enable the company to make further investments in new, bigger, ‘intercity’ type rolling stock capable of 125 miles per hour. New rolling stock will cut journey times by approximately 20 minutes and increase the number of seats by at least 50%.
Jim Morgan, Managing Director, Hull Trains says: -
“We are delighted that the Rail Regulator has approved this ten year access agreement as it will allow the company to invest over £20 million in new 125mph rolling stock and provide us with the ability to cement our longer term plans.”
“As the only open access operator in the UK both the rail regulator and the Government have been watching our progress with interest. Within the first year of operation, despite the effects to two major incidents, we increased our services from three to four in each direction every week-day, with an additional service on Sunday.”
Clive Gossop, general manager, Hull Trains says:
“All of the team have worked very hard to enable the company to achieve this milestone, the awarding of ten year track access rights. We are a very customer focused organisation with extensively trained on-board hospitality staff. Our service has meant that we have grown the rail travel market on our route by over 10% in just the last year.”
Rt Hon. Alan Johnson MP for Hull West and Hessle says:
“Hull Trains has raised the profile of our city and enhanced people's experience of rail travel by providing a reliable, comfortable and friendly service. The granting of an Access Agreement guaranteeing services until 2010 and allowing substantial investment in new rolling stock (without a penny of Government subsidy) is tremendous news for Hull and its Top Ten City aspirations.”
Dr Ian Kelly, chief executive, Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Shipping says:
“At a time of significant difficulties in the rail industry, Hull Trains has shone like a beacon showing the entrepreneurial way in which high quality direct services can be delivered without Government subsidy. This announcement is great news for the businesses of Hull and the East Riding who can now look forward to guaranteed services through to 2010.”
“It is further evidence of Hull Trains contribution to the local economy and its regeneration. Only by such tangible means can Hull move forward towards ‘top ten status’.”
Councillor Simone Butterworth, Leader, Kingston upon Hull City Council says:
“Securing the Access Agreement will inevitably bring significant benefits to the city in terms of the improved speed, frequency and comfort of rail services to and from London. It has not gone unnoticed that the services provided so far by Hull Trains have been well received and well patronised.
The relative paucity of rail access to Hull has undoubtedly proved a disincentive to inward investment in the past, and improved Hull to London rail services will provide further evidence that the city is moving forward in the right direction and will serve to assist the regeneration of the local economy.
Nicky Robinson, Smith and Nephew’s travel manager says:
Smith & Nephew supports the investment Hull Trains is putting into the City's transport infrastructure. We welcome the service that Hull Trains is providing for both the business and local community in making rail transport from Hull more accessible.
Local businessesman, Richard W A Brough, operations director Northern Cargo Services Ltd comments:
“A ten year access agreement for Hull Trains would be a significant milestone in the city's aspiration to be a "top-ten city". Allied to other major developments such as The Deep, the Super Stadium and Citybuild we are well on our way. None of this would work however without improved access and a city of our size depends on efficient links to the Capital. Hull Trains has breathed much needed fresh air into our communication links and has introduced levels of customer care and service second to none. You could say they are putting Hull "on the right track"
For more information on this release please contact Debby Burman
Tel: 01482 580072 or 07976 292155
ABOUT HULL TRAINS
Hull Trains launched in September 2000 and is providing four direct trains per day from Hull to London King’s Cross and return, five days per week, three direct trains on Saturday and Sundays. Journey time is just over three hours. Hull Trains stop at Brough, Selby, Doncaster, Grantham and London King’s Cross. All trains are equipped with the latest facilities for disabled passengers and provide a smooth and comfortable journey to the capital. Snacks are available on all trains.
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