Alliance is seeking approvals to operate the six daily services between Blackpool and Euston starting in 2019 using electric Class 91 and Mark 4 rolling stock. Positive discussions with leasing company Eversholt Rail have been on-going for some time, and services will operate with up to seven passenger vehicles. These trains have a design speed of 140mph, but services will be restricted to 110mph until further work is undertaken on the route speed profile for non-tilting rolling stock.

All services will call at Poulton-le-Fylde, Kirkham & Wesham and Preston. In order to maintain competitive end to end journey times of around 3 hours the services will make a limited number of calls between Preston and London. These will be at Nuneaton and Milton Keynes.

Blackpool Consultation


Proposed Route Map


Alliance has been working closely with Network Rail on identifying the necessary train paths to allow the introduction of the first part of its new Southampton – Waterloo service during the 2018 timetable. As a result of good work by Network Rail Wessex route planners, an offer of 7 weekday return paths have been identified and offered to Alliance by Network Rail as part of the timetable planning process.

Network Rail will further respond to the ORR by the end of July in respect of the offer, and the ORR will then make a decision later in the year regarding the Alliance application to bring competition and increased capacity for the benefit of many new and existing passengers onto this important route.

Alliance will initially use Class 442 trains, with peak trains offering 600 seats on each service, with both Standard and First class accommodation provided. It is recognised that there are severe overcrowding problems on this route in the peak, and the provision of these extra services will help address the problem.


Southampton Consultation


Proposed Route Map