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2015-08-07 ALL-001
Alliance Rail


New direct rail services between Blackpool and London

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Alliance Rail

New direct rail services between Blackpool and London

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7 August 2015
source Alliance Rail
type Press release

Alliance Rail Holdings (Alliance) has today welcomed the decision by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR), to approve its application for a new direct passenger rail service between Blackpool and London.

The application to operate six return train services each day, including weekends, was submitted by Great North Western Railway (GNWR), an Arriva company and a sister company of Grand Central, which already operates successful passenger services between the North East and West Yorkshire to London.

The new services will start in 2018 and will see Arriva investing in new tilting trains, and creating around 120 new jobs to operate these services.

Alongside the provision of new direct services from Blackpool to London, passengers will benefit from the increased competition these will provide on the West Coast Main Line (WCML). Communities along the 220 mile route will also benefit from additional journey opportunities at a number of other stations in the North West and the Midlands.

Ian Yeowart, Managing Director of Alliance said “We are naturally delighted that the ORR has approved our application to deliver a new direct rail service linking Blackpool and London The introduction of these new services will further grow the market for rail travel. As well as bringing new direct services to a number of locations, notably Blackpool, it will give passengers further choice. Experience on the East Coast Main Line (ECML) with Grand Central has shown how this stimulates the market and helps put pressure on prices, a fact noted by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in its recent rail review”.

The key features of the new service are:
• Six return trains a day between London and Blackpool - starting in 2018
• Investment in a fleet of new tilting trains
• 120 new jobs created for this operation
• Significant wider economic benefits across the towns and cities served, particularly Blackpool which has recently received Enterprise Zone status.

If you would like more information about this subject visit the website at: or to schedule an interview, please call:
01904 628904 or email
Notes to editors:
• GNWR and Grand Central are a part of Arriva UK Trains.
• These are ‘Open Access’ train services and operate outside the franchise system. They are not specified by the Department for Transport.
• GNER – sister company of GNWR and Grand Central has also made applications to operate services on the East Coast Main Line between London King’s Cross and Edinburgh calling at Newcastle, and London King’s Cross and West Yorkshire/Lincolnshire.

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