Open Access rail operator Hull Trains has announced the launch of a report by Arup, highlighting the significant economic, social, and environmental benefits its services have brought to the Hull and Humberside region.
The report, unveiled at a key stakeholder event, delves into the impact of Hull Trains' operations since its launch in 2000. Key findings include:
- Economic benefits: Since it launched in 2000, Hull Trains estimates that it has delivered between £185m-380m since launch. It also projects those benefits will reach an estimated £325m-700m by 2032.
- Increased connectivity: Frequency between Hull and London has grown to seven trains per day. This is a marked improvement on the one train per day between Hull and London before the operators launch.
- Enhanced capacity: 10-car trains and additional Sunday services doubled seating capacity compared to 2000.
- Sustainability: Modal shift from road to rail has reduced carbon emissions and air pollution.
- Employment: £35m-£70m (2023 prices) generated in direct employment since launch.
"Open Access has transformed transport connectivity, driving economic growth and improving social mobility," said Martijn Gilbert, Managing Director of Hull Trains.
“This ground-breaking report by Arup provides clear evidence and an independent account of the benefits that Hull Trains has brought to the region and also charts our industry leading credentials in many key areas. We can clearly see the evidence of the growth in customer journeys, operational performance and the value of being a good employer bringing new jobs to our home city of Hull.
“This is real levelling up of a northern city, and it’s thanks to the entrepreneurial approach of the Open Access rail model, which delivers at no cost or risk to the taxpayer.”, he added.
The report also highlights the growing passenger demand in the region, which the report argues is higher than pre-Covid levels.
One striking example is Howden station, where passenger trips to London have skyrocketed, driven primarily by modal shift from cars, reaching over 16,000 passengers a year.
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