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‘Political momentum for open access’ as new bids lodged

Rhodri Clark
15 December 2023
The Lumo east coast service began competing with LNER in 2021
The Lumo east coast service began competing with LNER in 2021

 

Two new applications for open access train services have been lodged as the UK Government signals greater support for the concept. Ian Yeowart, a veteran of open access, also predicts that a Labour Government after the next general election would not be obstructive because so many “red wall” constituencies in north-eastern England have seen the benefits of open access services.

The DfT has objected to open access applications on the grounds that the competing services would abstract...

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