Open access enthusiasm grows, as Arriva joins in Open access enthusiasm grows, as Arriva joins in

Another operator is bidding to expand the range of open access services. Arriva, which owns Grand Central, says an application has been submitted to the Office of Rail and Road to run two additional daily return services between Bradford and London, with up to eight intermediate station calls. This would bring the daily total of trains on the route to six. The latest development until Arriva’s proposals had been an application from Virgin for new services from London Euston to Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow. Before that, plans for more routes had been unveiled recently by Grand Union, Alstom and FirstGroup.

New images of 100m station for Liverpool New images of 100m station for Liverpool

Images of a new station in Liverpool which will contribute to Mayor Steve Rotheram’s target of reaching net zero by 2035 in the Liverpool City Region have been published. The computer generated images show how the 100 million station at Liverpool Baltic will look. The project was to be completed by 2028, but the Mayor has committed himself to opening it in 2027. As well as the new images, a virtual reality walkthrough is to be unveiled ‘within weeks’, and a two-month public consultation will start in June.


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