Possible solution to Grand Central/GNER timetabling dispute

Network Rail report (20 pages, PDF) published by ORR identifying a feasible timetable to implement ORR's March 2006 decision on East Coast Main Line capacity for Grand Central and Hull Trains, and to offer additional paths to GNER to permit it to run a clockface half-hourly service between London and Leeds.

The proposed timetable (20 pages, PDF) and a detailed report (142 pages, 8.3M PDF) have been placed on the ORR website. An ORR letter (2 pages, PDF) invites comments by Friday 21 July 2006 on whether the additional GNER rights should be approved.

This possible solution to the timetabling and capacity issues presumably does not address GNER's complaint about competition from Grand Central on York-London. GNER's application for judicial review against the decision on the grounds of alleged State aid to Grand Central from the track access charging structure established by ORR is due to be heard in the High Court from Monday 10 July 2006.

For further information or advice please contact Franck Latrémolière.

Filed under ECML, ORR, Public transport.

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