Beverley benefits from new direct train service to London for the very first time

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Published: Tuesday 3rd February 2015 by Leo Stevens

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Getting to London, Hull or Doncaster from Beverley station is now faster and more convenient thanks to the very first direct Beverley to London service introduced via First Hull Trains.

The new, early morning and late evening return service will start this Wednesday, 4 February.

First Hull Trains runs 90 direct services each week from Hull to London Kings Cross.

Will Dunnett, Managing Director at First Hull Trains says: “We’ve been working closely with the Office of Rail Regulator over several months to introduce the new service, which we know the people of East Riding and Beverley have wanted for a long time. We know that our passengers love Hull Trains and our aim is to ensure that in 2015, the East Riding is connected to the capital via a direct service, as never before.”

Mr Dunnett explained that the new service will bring direct travel benefits to passengers from right across the region as far as Scarborough and North Yorkshire. It also marks the start of what is hoped will be further opportunities to bring a direct service to other northern parts of the region.

This year, First Hull Trains marks its 15th anniversary as a successful Open-Access operator that has experienced record growth in passenger numbers. The business began from an idea led by two local entrepreneurs, John Nelson and Mike Jones. Today, an entrepreneurial vision remains at the heart of First Hull Trains as it continues to innovate and bring passengers some unique benefits.

Mr Dunnett continues: “Before the arrival of First Hull Trains, passengers in Hull had to change services if they wanted to travel to the capital. The convenience of a direct service cannot be underestimated and vastly improves the passenger journey by taking away the worry of needing to rely on connecting services.”

East Riding Council leader Stephen Parnaby said: “The direct service is a major coup for Beverley and the wider East Riding and will hopefully be a popular investment, supporting local tourism and creating opportunities for future business success.”

The benefits of the new Beverley service include access to free, 4G-enabled, single-sign-up Wi-Fi across all carriages – an initiative that was a world-first when First Hull Trains introduced this last October.

Trains leave Beverley at 6.02am, calling at Hull, Brough, Howden, Doncaster, Retford and Grantham. They will arrive at London Kings Cross at 9.16am.

Return journeys will follow the same route, leaving London in the evenings at 6.50pm and reaching the town at 9.46pm.

Passengers can book tickets on-line at www.hulltrains.co.uk

Published: Tuesday 3rd February 2015 by Leo Stevens

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