First Harrogate Trains
|Franchise(s)||Open access operator|
|Main region(s)||Harrogate Line|
East Coast Main Line
|Parent company||FirstGroup (80%)|
Renaissance Trains (20%)
The application to run trains was rejected by the Office of Rail Regulation in February 2009. It cited that the services would not bring enough new patronage and thus rely on abstracting revenue from existing train operating companies.
First Harrogate Trains also applied for 4 trains per day service from Cleethorpes to London service calling at: Barnetby, Market Rasen, Lincoln Central, Sleaford, Donnington Parkway (new station), Spalding, Peterborough, Huntingdon, Stevenage and London Kings Cross, with an additional 4 trains per day between Lincoln and London Kings Cross. In 2009, it was rejected by the Office of Rail Regulations.
Had it been successful, it was intended that services would have commenced in the summer of 2009.
|First Harrogate Trains route map|
- London King's Cross
- Companies House extract company no 6592311 First Harrogate Trains Limited
- "Three companies want East Coast paths" Today's Railways issue 78 June 2008 page 6
- "Hull Trains applies to serve Harrogate four times a day" Rail Magazine issue 594 18 June 2008 page 12
- Train firm aims to boost London link Harrogate Advertiser 4 July 2008
- Poppleton to London direct The Press (York) 1 August 2008
- ORR announces its decision on East Coast Main Line track access applications Office of Rail Regulation 27 February 2009
- "Grand Northern set for Bradford" Rail Magazine issue 611 11 February 2009 page 20
- Hull Trains - Track Access Rights on the East coast Main Line Archived 25 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine Office of the Rail Regulator 19 March 2008
- "Three companies want East Coast paths" Today's Railways UK issue 78 June 2008 page 6
- "Hull Trains applies to serve Harrogate four times a day" Rail issue 594 18 June 2008 page 12
- Home Harrogate Trains
- Track Application - page 2 Office of Rail Regulation
- "Hull Trains unveils Harrogate service" Today's Railways issue 85 January 2009 page 10