21 YEARS OF HULL TRAINS

To celebrate our 21st Anniversary we’re looking back at the highlights over the years. From the first ever Hull Trains service in 2000 to being named the best UK Train Operator 2017 and running all services with Class 802 Paragons in 2020, there’s so much to remember during our journey on the tracks.

September 2000 - First Services Leaves King’s Cross

In September 2000, the first Hull Trains service headed Hull bound after departing London King’s Cross station. In the first year of operation, 3 daily Hull Trains services carried 80,000 passengers to their destination marking the importance of a direct rail service connecting the Humber region to the capital.

2005 - 1 Millionth Passenger Carried

In 2005, we reached the impressive milestone of 1 million passengers carried on a Hull Trains service. As an Open Access operator, 1 million journeys across the Hull Trains route in the first 5 years of operation highlighted how our rail services between Hull and London King’s Cross were appreciated by many. 

2017 - Named Best UK Train Operator

In 2017, Hull Trains was named the Best UK Train Operator by the National Rail Passenger Survey after scoring a huge 97% satisfaction for service which was 8% higher than the average long distance operator. Although just a small rail operator, Hull Trains set the standards high and continue to do so on board every service.

2019 - First Paragon Service to London

In 2019, we welcomed the first of our Paragon fleet into passenger service. As part of a £60 million investment, the state-of-the-art Hitachi trains brough vast improvements to travel after replacing the entire old fleet of Class 180s. Journeys are smoother, quieter and greener, and 20% more seats are now available for passengers travelling to and from the capital.

2021 - Hull Trains Turns 21

In 2021, we celebrate our 21st anniversary! After a period of uncertainty due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we are prouder than ever to be able to provide a direct rail service to the capital. Whether you’re travelling for leisure or meeting up with loved ones, you can count on Hull Trains to get you there.

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