2016年5月12日星期四

FirstGroup将运营东海岸服务

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 爱丁堡  "offering great
value fares  和  high-quality service, whilst giving passengers on the route a new 
travel choice".
 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 EnglandScotland,  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 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 UK economy. 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  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.
 
“我们将详细评估ORR决定和影响,并审查我们的选择。”

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 爱丁堡 , 哈罗盖特 , 林肯 米德尔斯堡. 这些服务是VTEC成功竞标东海岸的一部分 铁路专营权,始于2015年3月,并计划持续到 至少于2023年3月31日。

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 布拉德福德 , 林肯 哈罗盖特 从2019年5月开始 爱丁堡 米德尔斯堡 从2021年5月开始。如果容量能够尽快提供,VTEC的附加服务扩展权包括 爱丁堡 可能从2019年5月开始。