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GNER “bowled over” by success of Leeds-London half-hourly service


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GNER “bowled over” by success of Leeds-London half-hourly service
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date
8 August 2007
source GNER
type Press release



TRAIN operator GNER today reveals its extra services from Leeds and Wakefield to London are carrying thousands of extra passengers each week.

In May, the East Coast Main Line operator added 12 new weekday services between the two West Yorkshire cities and London, creating a half-hourly, turn-up-and-go frequency every weekday.

GNER now says it has carried almost 60,000 more passengers on the route between the launch of the extra services and the end of July – an increase of eight per cent on the same period last year.

GNER has also seen a 22 per cent increase in the number of passengers making reservations ahead of travelling on the West Yorkshire route – which it says is a reflection of the growing popularity of rail over alternatives such as the road and air among business travellers.

Among the organisations to reap the benefits of the extra services to and from Leeds is Yorkshire County Cricket Club. Some of its players visited Leeds station recently to congratulate GNER’s team on the success of the improved service.

Stewart Regan, chief executive at Yorkshire County Cricket Club, says: “We have a lot of supporters outside of Yorkshire itself. Making it easier to get to and from Leeds means it is much more likely that they’ll want to come here to watch a match.”

Suzanne Donnelly, Revenue Manager at GNER, says: “Increasingly both individuals and companies want to reduce their carbon footprint. The train is often the most environmentally-responsible way to travel.

“It’s not surprising then that more business people are finding it the best way to travel when you couple the environmental benefits with the convenience of city centre to city centre travel and ease with which you can carry on working on our WiFi-equipped trains.”

A number of the new Leeds-Wakefield services also call at other stations on the route. These include Doncaster (nine extra), Newark Northgate (11), Grantham (seven), Peterborough (six) and Stevenage (one).

Advance returns, booked online, for travel between Leeds or Wakefield and London start from £20 Standard Class or £65 First Class. Book via www.gner.co.uk, call 08457 225225 or visit any staffed rail station.

ENDS


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