New rail service between London and Stirling welcomed

Stirling Council’s Leader has welcomed an announcement by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) for a new train service by Grand Union Trains between London and Stirling.

Picture of Stirling station
Picture of Stirling railway station

Stirling Council Leader, Cllr Kane, said: “This is welcome news and adds to the continuing reputation we have that Stirling is one of the best-connected cities in the country by rail.

“Last year we met with Grand Union Trains to hear their exciting plans and made clear our support for this proposal connecting us into London. With four new return service per day this new link is good for business. It is also good for tourism to encourage many more visitors into our area to enjoy everything that the city of Stirling and the wider Stirlingshire area has to offer, especially as we celebrate our 900th anniversary this year.” 

See below for the announcement by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR).

ORR has today (7 March) given the go-ahead for Grand Union Trains, an open access operator, to start a new train service between London and the city of Stirling, from June 2025. ORR’s decision will offer more choice to passengers, bring private sector investment to the railway and increase competition. 

Grand Union Trains will introduce four new return services per day between London Euston and Stirling stations. These services will also call at Milton Keynes Central, Nuneaton, Crewe, Preston, Carlisle, Lockerbie, Motherwell, Whifflet, Greenfaulds and Larbert. Larbert, Greenfaulds and Whifflet will receive their first direct services to London. 

ORR found that the proposed services would increase choice for passengers, significantly increasing direct journey opportunities to and from London and central and southern Scotland, while making use of existing capacity on the network. 

The new services will be the first run by an open access operator on the West Coast Mainline. Open access operators run services independently of government funding as they do not have a franchise agreement with government. 

Following ORR’s decision to approve new Grand Union Trains services between Carmarthen in south Wales and London Paddington in 2022, ORR has now approved open access services on three of Britain’s major routes. 

Stephanie Tobyn, Director, Strategy, Policy and & Reform, said: 

“Our decision helps increase services for passengers and boost competition on Britain’s railway network. By providing more trains serving new destinations, open access operators offer passengers more choice in the origin and price of their journey leading to better outcomes for rail users.” 

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