Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Rail Upstart Waiting on Green Light for East Coast Line

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Rail Upstart Waiting on Green Light for East Coast Line

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Byline: ROBERT LEA

KING'S CROSS commuters, fed up with high fares or having to stand on trains run by GNER, could get a new service in a landmark decision expected as early as today.

Grand Central Railways, a wouldbe low fares train operator running eight return services a day from the North-East and West Yorkshire, is set to hear if it has been granted a licence for the East Coast Main Line by the Office of the Rail Regulator.

In what is being hailed as a David and Goliath battle, a "yes" decision for Grand Central would set up an uncomfortable competitor for GNER - one of the most lucrative train franchises on the network.

In addition, it could set a precedent for the launch of any number of so-called "open access", nonregulated train companies to take on other London commuter operators.

Grand Central is the brainchild of Ian Yeowart a former British Rail veteran, who has been trying to gain permission for the services for the past half-decade. …

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