New 伦敦 -Edinburgh Low Fares Rail Service To Offer Choice For Passengers 和 Boost Economic Growth FirstGroup plc ('the Group') has been granted approval to launch open access rail services between
伦敦, north-east England和 爱丁堡"offering great value fares 和 high-quality service, whilst giving passengers on the route a new
的 ten-year track access rights application approved by the Office of Rail 和
Road (ORR) will enable the Group's East Coast Trains Limited to begin operating five trains a day each way from
伦敦King's Cross to 爱丁堡, via intermediate stations at Stevenage, Newcastle和 Morpeth, by 2021. Passengers will benefit from an average fare of less than £25, free Wi-Fi 和 on-board catering, all offered in one high-quality class of travel. The new service is designed to provide choice for passengers looking to travel between 伦敦, north-east England和 Scotland, 和 will encourage travellers to switch from air or coach travel to rail. Tim O'Toole, Chief Executive, commented: "I'm pleased that the ORR has granted track access rights for our unique low-cost service between 伦敦, the North East of England和 爱丁堡. This is great news for passengers, as our new service will widen the choice of travel options between these cities 和 offer an attractive alternative to those available today. "We will offer genuinely low fares at half the average price of today, while adding significant benefits to the UKeconomy. Our brand new trains will be cheaper than other rail services, greener than the plane, quicker than the coach 和 will get passengers from 伦敦to 爱丁堡earlier than they can arrive today, all for an average fare of less than £25. "Now that our application has been approved 和 we have been granted rights we will implement the next steps to deliver our proposals which include discussions with Network Rail 和 rolling stock manufacturers."
Martin Griffiths, Chief Executive of Stagecoach Group plc, who already run services on
the East Coast line under current franchise agreements said:
"With respect to the decision on open access between
伦敦和 爱丁堡, We do
not believe the granting of these services within a franchised system 和 without a level
playing field is in the best interests of passengers, taxpayers or communities.
对于驿马车集团来说，好消息是他的ORR已批准维珍航空提出的申请 Trains East Coast（“ VTEC”），其中驿马车拥有90％的股份， 在之间运行新服务
伦敦 和 爱丁堡 , 哈罗盖特 , 林肯 和 米德尔斯堡.
VTEC现有的核心时间表已于2017年12月获得批准，当时 当前的访问合同已过期。 此外，VTEC已经 被授予扩展服务的公司权利