18 June 2002
TEN YEAR ACCESS GRANTED
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 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.”
Councillor John Bedworth, Chairman of Selby District Council says:
“I welcome the news that the negotiations between Railtrack and Hull Trains have been successful. The granting of this ten year access agreement, until 2010, means that Hull Trains will continue to provide a service from Hull to London. In particular a direct service at least four times a day.
"This is excellent news for the people of Selby District who rely on this service for work or social commitments. It will have a positive impact on the economy of Selby and can only be welcomed by the people of Selby District."
John Grogan MP for Selby says:
“I believe that with the current restructuring of the economy of the Selby area, it has never been more important to have a direct rail link between Selby and London.
“As a regular user of the service myself, I can vouch for the outstanding levels of customer service offered by your staff, the comfortable and modern design of the rolling stock and the good levels of punctuality. Indeed many of my constituents also speak very favourably of their experiences using Hull Trains.
“I would like to offer my strong support for the granting of the ten year Access Agreement to Hull Trains so as to allow a continuation of the excellent service from London to Hull, which calls at Selby Station in my constituency.
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