Louise Mandham and Will Dunnett of Hull Trains with Robert Goodwill MP and Graham Stuart MP
Robert Goodwill MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport has personally endorsed Hull Trains efforts to expand its services within the region, as the company recently introduced a new direct service from Beverley to London for the very first time.
Mr Goodwill MP and Graham Stuart, campaigning Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, met with Will Dunnett, Managing Director of Hull Trains and Louise Mendham, Performance and Planning Manager on Thursday 12th March.
The Minister had travelled to Beverley to open the new Beverley Southern Relief Road, but wanted to visit Hull Trains to personally congratulate the company for their work in ensuring that the East Riding benefits from the social and economical opportunities that being directly connected to the capital can bring.
Mr Stuart says: “Hull Trains have always provided an excellent service and so last month I was delighted when the service extended to Beverley, meaning residents no longer have to go to Brough or Hull to get a direct service into London.
“The new extended service also provides an excellent opportunity for a weekend away in Beverley, and for those based in London, this provides the perfect chance to escape to rural East Yorkshire and explore the delights of our beautiful Georgian town.”
Mr Dunnett explains: “The new service is a part of our expansion plans to ensure that this year, the East Riding is connected to the capital like never before. Plus it is one of many steps we are taking to support Hull City of Culture in 2017. The direct service will also play a key part in supporting local tourism and creating opportunities for future business success.”
First Hull Trains runs 90 direct services each week from Hull to London Kings Cross. This year, First Hull Trains marks its 15th anniversary as a successful Open-Access operator that has experienced record growth in passenger numbers.
Commenting on the firm’s growth and commitments to the region, Mr Goodwill MP says: “We are seeing new services like this up and down the country as a result of the innovation and expertise of the train operators, accompanied by huge investment in improved rail infrastructure. These new services are also a testament to the growing popularity and demand for rail travel in this country, which I am very pleased to see.”
The open-access operator also has the support of MPs across the region for its project to electrify the track between Hull and Selby. Mr Dunnett says: “Electrifying the railway will bring considerable benefits to Hull and the towns we serve.”
Hull Trains has also recently secured a three-year extension to its contract to allow it to continue to run its direct services to London Kings Cross until 2019. The news came on the back of an unprecedented year in 2014 for the rail operator which has simultaneously announced strong growth in passenger numbers and exceptional satisfaction scores from its customers.