THURS PM: Huddersfield to London direct rail route planned
Sep 24 2009 By Henryk Zientek
HUDDERSFIELD could be about to get it's own direct rail link to London under new plans revealed today.
A new company called Alliance Rail has put forward a proposal to give Huddersfield two routes to London - one to Kings Cross taking three hours and one to Euston taking just over two-and-a-half hours.
The company, headed by Wetherby-based rail industry veteran Ian Yeowart wants to run the trains under the GNER and GNWR banners. If successful, the move would see the return of the GNER name to UK railways two years after it disappeared.
US conglomerate Sea Containers ran the East Coast franchise under the GNER name, but went bankrupt in 2006 and was stripped of the franchise.
Under the GNER name, Alliance Rail plans four new services between King’s Cross, Sheffield and Huddersfield using part of the scenic East Coast main line. it would also run four trains to Grimsby and Cleethorpes and an "inter-city" service between Hull and Liverpool.
Sister company GNWR would run trains between Euston, Huddersfield and Leeds as well as services to Halifax and Bradford and a train to Carlisle via Barrow and the Cumbrian coast.
See Friday's Examiner for the full story.