Great North Western Railway

Alliance Rail Holdings
File:Alliance Rail Holdings.svg
Formation 2009
Location York
Managing Director Ian Yeowart
Parent organization Arriva UK Trains

Alliance Rail Holdings[1] is developing plans to operate rail passenger services in the United Kingdom through its subsidiaries Great North Western Railway Company Limited[2] and Great North Eastern Railway Company Limited.[3] These services were planned to start from December 2013.[4] The company seeking access rights of up to 30 years to reflect the investment proposed.[5]

Alliance has undertaken detailed timetabling and economic work to support its application to the Office of Rail Regulation for the establishment of these new rail routes. This work will also provide the opportunity to review the potential for the re-introduction of a more regular inter-city service at locations such as Nuneaton and Tamworth, and also offer new direct services between West Yorkshire and Crewe, allowing easy onward connections to Wales and the South West.

Alliance Rail Holdings is headed by Ian Yeowart,[6] founder and former managing director of Grand Central Railway. A new development team was announced on 12 August 2010.[7] The venture is majority owned by Arriva.[8]

The Office of Rail Regulation stated that it will not be able to make a decision on the WCML application until the InterCity West Coast franchising was complete.[9] The Office of Rail Regulation is expected to review Alliance's application by the end of 2013.[10]

Proposed services

Great North Eastern Railway

The Great North Eastern Railway service, which would resurrect the name of the defunct Sea Containers subsidiary of the same name, is planned to run between London King's Cross, Cleethorpes, Skipton, Ilkley and Huddersfield, in addition to services between Hull and Liverpool via Bradford and Leeds.[11]

The planned timetable is as follows:

Great North Western Railway

The Great North Western Railway service is planned to run between London Euston, Leeds, Halifax, Bradford, Blackpool North and Carlisle.[12]

The planned timetable is as follows:

Rolling stock

It is proposed that services be operated by new-build dual-mode (diesel + electric) Polaris rolling stock,[5][13] capable of up to 140 miles per hour (230 km/h).[14] 16 trainsets are expected to be ordered, which would have a capacity of up to 350 passengers each.[15] On the WCML and ECML routes, Alliance would look to use trains that can operate at maximum line speed, with six passenger carriages. A mixture of first and standard class seating would be provided. On the Pennine route, four-carriage trains would be required.[16]


External links

  • Official Website
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