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Alliance Rail Holdings

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Alliance Rail Holdings1 is a railway company developing plans to operate passenger trains in the United Kingdom through its subsidiaries Great North Western Railway Company Limited GNWR2 and Grand Southern Railway Company Limited GSR

Alliance has undertaken detailed timetabling and economic work to support its applications to the Office of Rail & Road ORR Alliance is headed by Ian Yeowart,3 founder and former managing director of Grand Central Railway A new development team was announced on 12 August 20104 The venture is majority owned by Arriva5


  • 1 Current proposals
    • 11 Great North Western Railway
    • 12 Grand Southern Railway
  • 2 Former proposals
    • 21 Great North Eastern Railway
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

Current proposalsedit

Great North Western Railwayedit

In 2010, GNWR lodged an application to operate services from London Euston to Bradford Interchange, Whitehaven, Windermere, Southport and Morecambe However, these were rejected in 2011 by the ORR6 An amended application was lodged in 20117

In June 2014, GNWR successfully concluded negotiations with Network Rail for access paths from London Euston to Blackpool, Huddersfield and Leeds from 2017 using Pendolino trains8 However, in January 2015 and despite Network Rail support, the ORR refused these proposed GNWR services citing capacity issues and failing the not primarily abstractive test, meaning most of its revenue would be at the expense of existing others rather than new custom9 In 2010, it was proposed that services be operated by dual-mode diesel + electric Polaris trains,10 capable of 140 mph 230 km/h11 Sixteen trainsets were expected to be ordered, with a capacity of up to 350 passengers each12 However, the Polaris deal was not finalised and Alliance indicated that it was investigating purchasing Pendolinos from Alstom13

In August 2015, the ORR announced Alliance Rail's amended application to operate six trains per day from London Euston to Blackpool calling at Milton Keynes, Nuneaton, Tamworth, Lichfield Trent Valley, Crewe, Preston, Kirkham & Wesham and Poulton-le-Fylde had been successful A 10-year access agreement was awarded with operations to commence in May 20181415 These services were to have been operated by fellow Arriva subsidiary Grand Central16 The application proposed using 125mph tilting Class 390 Pendolinos, however with Alliance unable to negotiate a derogation to operate the rolling stock, the access rights lapsed in June 20171718

Alliance plans to reapply for the paths with former Virgin Trains East Coast InterCity 225 sets to commence operating in 2019 As these will not able to tilt, their speed would be restricted to 110mph Due to the lower speed, the revised service would only call at Milton Keynes, Nuneaton, Preston, Kirkham & Wesham and Poulton-le-Fylde1819

Grand Southern Railwayedit

In November 2016, Alliance began a consultation for a proposed London Waterloo to Southampton service It is proposed to operate seven off-peak services from December 2017 calling at Hook, Basingstoke, Winchester and Eastleigh, with two peak services proposed from December 2018 It is proposed to use Class 442s20 Network Rail has identified available paths18

Former proposalsedit

Great North Eastern Railwayedit

Great North Eastern Railway

GNER, resurrecting the name of the defunct Sea Containers subsidiary lodged an application to operate from London King's Cross to Cleethorpes, Bradford Foster Square, Ilkley and Edinburgh from 201821 These were rejected in May 201622

It also proposed in 2009 to operate services from London King's Cross to Scarborough via the Yorkshire Coast Line, Skegness, Sheffield via Grantham, Grimsby and Middlesbrough, but these were rejected in 2010 by the ORR It was also proposed in December 2013 that services would run services between Kings Cross and Skipton, but these were withdrawn in 2014 by the ORR


  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 7026295 Alliance Rail Holdings Limited
  2. ^ Companies House extract company no 6938935 Great North Western Railway Company Limited
  3. ^ Lynch, Russell 25 September 2009 "Rail veteran bids to revive GNER services" The Independent London Retrieved 12 December 2009 
  4. ^ "New development team announced" Press release Alliance Rail 12 August 2010 Retrieved 26 August 2010 
  5. ^ Silvester, Katie October 2010 "Interview: Ian Yeowart" Rail Professional Retrieved 29 September 2010 
  6. ^ "GC slams ORR over WCML" Today's Railways issue 113 May 2011 page 14
  7. ^ "Alliance submits bid for West Coast paths" Modern Railways issue 757 October 2011 page 9
  8. ^ "GNWR granted access to West Coast main line", wwwglobalrailnewscom, 12 June 2014 
    - "Archived copy" PDF Archived from the original PDF on 15 July 2014 Retrieved 12 June 2014 
  9. ^ "West Coast Main Line open-access bid rejected" International Railway Journal 8 January 2015
    - "ORR rejects Great North Western's Leeds ambitions" Rail Magazine issue 766 21 January 2015 page 21
  10. ^ Miles, Tony December 2010 "Blackpool through service proposed in West Coast path frenzy" Modern Railways London p 6 
    - Wild, Laura 9 June 2010 "Full steam ahead for Rochdale to London train service" Rochdale Online Retrieved 25 October 2010 
  11. ^ Kilner, Will 20 October 2010 "Rail operator plans new 140mph service to London" Telegraph & Argus Bradford Archived from the original on 23 October 2010 Retrieved 25 October 2010 
  12. ^ Abbit, Bethany 4 November 2010 "Bid to connect Cumbria to London with pioneering new trains" The Westmorland Gazette Kendal Archived from the original on 7 November 2010 Retrieved 4 November 2010 
  13. ^ New Edinburgh – London Rail Services Alliance Rail Holdings 12 December 2013
  14. ^ Milner, Chris 7 August 2015 "Green light for Alliance Holdings service to Blackpool" The Railway Magazine 
    - "Alliance Blackpool Service Approved" Modern Railways Vol 72 no 804 September 2015 p 8 ISSN 0026-8356 Retrieved 20 January 2016 
    - "ORR approves Blackpool open access trains" Rail Magazine issue 781 19 August 2015 page 22
  15. ^ "Blackpool open access services approved" Today's Railways issue 166 October 2015 page 9
  16. ^ "Alliance Blackpool Service Approved" Modern Railways issue 804 September 2015 page 8
  17. ^ "HSTs for Alliance Rail as Pendolino plans face difficulties" Today's Railways issue 182 February 2017 page 14
  18. ^ a b c Alliance drops Pendolino plan as Southampton paths identified Railway Gazette International 19 July 2017
  19. ^ "Alliance Rail Holdings: Projects" 
  20. ^ Projects Alliance Rail Holdings
    - Southampton - London open access service proposed Railway Gazette International 8 November 2016
    - Great Southern signals more choice on railways The Times 9 November 2016
  21. ^ Great North Eastern Railway Alliance Rail Holdings
    - "Alliance reveals London-Edinburgh plan" Rail Magazine issue 776 10 June 2015 page 18
  22. ^ Applications for the East Coast Main Line Office of Rail & Road 12 May 2016
    - First Group to run Edinburgh to London budget rail service BBC News 12 May 2016
    - VTEC and FirstGroup granted East Coast Main Line paths Railway Gazette International 12 May 2016

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