A future for open access?

Can Open Access providers give greater competition, help reduce subsidy and improve passenger services, video:

and its associated report available here. It is based on work by the Centre for Policy Studies.

BRUG doesn’t have a position on the ownership of the railway, as long as it operated for the public benefit. The brief report does raise interesting questions about franchising, especially as first promoted that competition will improve services, though the policy ever since has been to limit the service providers to geographic or route based sectors.

In Bradford we have a limited open access service with Grand Central, has it increased the number of services to London – Yes, has it reduced the ticket price – The walk-up fee is lower than East Coast – (On its route).

This is an issue greater than the railway in Bradford however it is a discussion to be had both regionally and nationally. But for example 50 private and state companies provide public transport in Zurich.

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Busy Rail News

On Thursday 12th August BRUG members were guests of Grand Central on a journey from Bradford – London. A full report will be available at the next meeting of BRUG. Our thanks go of course to the excellent on-board and back-office staff.

On Friday 13th August, The Passenger Focus survey on rail priorities showing overcrowding to be of huge concern was reported in the T&A. BRUG and the Aire Valley Rail Users Group, AVRUG, were both quoted in the article. Also reported in The Guardian.

On Tuesday 17th August, the T&A reported Cllr Greaves call for the Transport Secretary to visit West Yorkshire and experience the severe overcrowding on a number of local services. BRUG raised the problems experienced on the Caldervale line of significant overcrowding leading to some people being unable to board some peak trains at stations between Bradford and Leeds.

Our next meeting is on Monday 6th September 7:30pm at Bradford Voluntary & Community Service, Sunbridge Road, Bradford.

Grand Central Cancellations – Important!

Due to significant problems with one of the Class 180 trains used by Grand Central the following services will not operate:

Monday 28th – Wednesday 30th June 2010

10:22 Bradford Interchange – London King’s Cross

14:20 London King’s Cross – Bradford Interchange

Grand Central staff will be available at stations with information about making connecting journeys.

London for 25% less this half term!

Take the kids to London this half-term with Grand Central!

Grand Central are offering a massive 25% discount on their fares from West Yorkshire stations on journeys to London Kings Cross.
This offer is valid between the 1st June and 11th June for travel dates between the 1st and 19th. Click here.
This discount is also available from thetrainline.com using discount code GC25OFF.

Tickets are sold subject to conditions as specified on the Grand Central website.

Grand Central Bradford – London – Direct

On board the Grand Central service to London Kings Cross. The service departed Bradford on time and with a full compliment of local businesses, politicians and passenger groups bound for London!

A neglected route

From December 2009 Grand Northern will start operating between Bradford Interchange and London Kings Cross. This is excellent news for Bradford, and will join Forster Square in having a direct London service. Continue reading

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