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Alliance Rail Holdings was established to develop and deliver new open access rail services across Great Britain. The Alliance team has a wealth of experience in the identification and delivery of such services.

Alliance’s recent focus has been consolidation of the plans for new services between Blackpool and London that were approved by the Rail Regulator in June 2018. These services are now expected to commence in Spring 2020.

Whilst no other projects are currently developed sufficiently to be reported here, Alliance continues to explore opportunities for new rail services.

Latest News

24 June 2019

Grand Central plans new Blackpool to London route from 2020 in major boost for the local economy

Grand Central has today confirmed that its plans to run trains between Blackpool and London from Spring 2020 are firmly on track.

These InterCity services were approved in June 2018 by the Rail Regulator, the Office of Rail and Road. Originally planned as Great North Western Railway (GNWR) services they are expected to be operated by established open access operator, and sister Arriva company, Grand Central.

1 August 2018

Alliance Rail Holdings is disappointed that its application for rights to operate trains between Southampton Central and London Waterloo has today been rejected by the Office Rail and Road (ORR) in its role as rail regulator. That proposal was to operate up to 18 trains per day offering faster journeys from some stations, relief from crowding and the benefits of passenger choice including advance fares. The ORR’s letter gives several reasons for rejecting the application, many of which we could not have anticipated when we made our application at the end of 2016.

 7 June 2018

 Access Rights for New direct journey opportunities daily to and from the Fylde coast to Nuneaton and Milton Keynes approved by ORR

Allows for Five return services per day from the Blackpool, Poulton-le-Fylde, Kirkham and Wesham to London with opportunity for a 6th return service

Would deliver 2630 additional daily seats to and from the capital and generate benefits for economies and communities

Alliance Rail Holdings (Alliance)  welcomes the decision by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), to approve its application for a new direct passenger rail service between Blackpool North and London Euston.