Hull Trains is incredibly proud to have been named the winners of the World Cup of Train Companies – in which they have taken on and beaten some of the UK’s biggest train companies.
After winning through the initial five rounds, the company beat fellow FirstGroup operator Great Western Railway in the final.
The competition, which was set up by a train enthusiast on Twitter, featured 32 train operating companies – with the winner of each heat decided by a public vote on social media. Even though it was all created in the spirit of fun, the train operating company was supported by the likes of Karl Turner, MP for Hull East, and BBC Radio Humberside’s Burnsy.
Hull Trains won every round – many by significant margins – including the final, receiving an amazing 80% of the 364 votes.
Louise Cheeseman, Managing Director at Hull Trains, said: “There are few managing directors that can say that they’re a World Cup winner.
“I’d like to thank everyone who voted for Hull Trains. We are delighted to have beaten the likes of Great Western Railway, Transport for London, Northern, Merseyrail and Eurostar.
“Our embattled Twitter team did very well to support the company in winning the World Cup by responding to people quickly and raising awareness about the products and services.”
The award comes just days after Hull Trains announced two further services to Cottingham and Beverley from Monday, May 20th.
In addition to the 06:00 service from Beverley and the 18:48 service from London King’s Cross, Hull Trains will now extend its journey to and from Beverley on the 08:23 service from Hull and the 15:48 service from London King’s Cross.
Louise said: “It is a clear sign that, despite the challenges we faced five-months ago, people still support Hull Trains and we are humbled by their response. It is testament to our staff and the experience our customers receive travelling with Hull Trains.
“Although we take recognition like this award very fondly, we are not complacent and will continue to work hard to sustain confidence by delivering on the basic promise of our timetable and offering a first-class experience.
“This should be further strengthened with new services and having recently secured the loan of two additional Intercity 125 High Speed Trains (HST) from Great Western Railway (GWR). The additional train will be included in order to improve the reliability of our Class 180s, which will be in service until the arrival of our new fleet in November.”
New trains to celebrate Hull
Hull Trains’ new trains, due to arrive in November, form part of a major £60m investment which will see the company’s entire current fleet replaced with brand new hi-tech Hitachi trains.
These state-of-the-art trains will be amongst the fastest, most modern and luxurious trains on the UK network, transforming rail travel from Hull and East Yorkshire to the capital.
The five new trains will also celebrate everything that is good about Hull – with people being able to put forward their name suggestions.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas. Hull Trains will reveal the suggestions as they get them and officially name the five trains before they pull into service later this year.