Hull Trains will suspend services for a second time from 0001 on November 5, as a result of the planned second lockdown.
The open access operator previously took the course of action in March, at the start of the first lockdown. Trains had only returned to the main line on August 21 (RAIL 913).
Both Hull Trains and fellow open access operator Grand Central rely on fares for revenue and do not quality for Government assistance via the Emergency Recovery Measures Agreements (ERMAs) used to support franchises operators. However, both can use the furlough scheme for their staff.
“Sadly, we are reluctantly suspending all our rail services in response to the national lockdown,” said HT Managing Director Louise Cheeseman.
“This is the second time we have temporarily suspended services, and the decision has been made to safeguard the future of the business.
“It would be foolhardy of us to run trains when people are being asked to stay at home and our business isn’t in a position to be generating an income from passengers buying train tickets.”
- For the FULL story, read RAIL 919, published on November 18, and available digitally from November 14.