First Harrogate Trains

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First Harrogate Trains
Franchise(s)Open access operator
Main region(s)Harrogate Line
East Coast Main Line
Parent companyFirstGroup (80%)
Renaissance Trains (20%)

First Harrogate Trains[1] was a proposed open access operator with ambitions to run passenger services between Harrogate and London King's Cross via York.[2][3][4][5]

First Harrogate Trains was a subsidiary of Hull Trains, owned by FirstGroup (80%) and Renaissance Trains (20%).

The application to run trains was rejected by the Office of Rail Regulation in February 2009.[6] It cited that the services would not bring enough new patronage and thus rely on abstracting revenue from existing train operating companies.[7]

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.[8][9][10]

Had it been successful, it was intended that services would have commenced in the summer of 2009.[11]

Rolling stock[edit]

The preferred rolling stock to be used was Class 180 Adelante or Class 222 Pioneer trains, the types used by Hull Trains currently and previously respectively.[12][13]


First Harrogate Trains route map
London King's Cross Underground no-text.svg

First Harrogate Trains proposed to run from Harrogate to London King's Cross with up to four services each way per day calling at:[12]


  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 6592311 First Harrogate Trains Limited
  2. ^ "Three companies want East Coast paths" Today's Railways issue 78 June 2008 page 6
  3. ^ "Hull Trains applies to serve Harrogate four times a day" Rail Magazine issue 594 18 June 2008 page 12
  4. ^ Train firm aims to boost London link Harrogate Advertiser 4 July 2008
  5. ^ Poppleton to London direct The Press (York) 1 August 2008
  6. ^ ORR announces its decision on East Coast Main Line track access applications Office of Rail Regulation 27 February 2009
  7. ^ "Grand Northern set for Bradford" Rail Magazine issue 611 11 February 2009 page 20
  8. ^ 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
  9. ^ "Three companies want East Coast paths" Today's Railways UK issue 78 June 2008 page 6
  10. ^ "Hull Trains applies to serve Harrogate four times a day" Rail issue 594 18 June 2008 page 12
  11. ^ Home Harrogate Trains
  12. ^ a b Track Application - page 2 Office of Rail Regulation
  13. ^ "Hull Trains unveils Harrogate service" Today's Railways issue 85 January 2009 page 10