Hull Trains cancel almost 30% of services

8 December 2017

A “catastrophic engine failure” on a Hull Trains service on Thursday has led to Hull Trains cancelling almost 30% of its services on Friday writes Jools Oughtibridge.

4 trains have been cancelled, with a further 2 being amended out of the 14 services to and from Hull on a weekday.

The incident, which occurred on the 09:48 London Kings Cross to Hull service, has seen one of the Class 180 Adelante trains taken out of action with no timescale for when this 5 car unit will be returned to service.


Class 180 Adelante Train – Hull Trains Livery

Hull Trains are an Open Access Provider Train Operating Company who are not subject to the usual franchise scheme.  They negotiate with Network Rail for slots on the rail network.

Currently, Hull Trains lease 5 complete trains from Angel Trains, so any train out of action results in a significant reduction in availability.

A regular commuter, who did not wish to give her name, commented on the service that she receives as a season ticket holder.

“I’ve had a few delays and cancellations in the last year, but nothing that is on the scale of this.  The service is generally good, if not a little expensive, but the convenience of being able to park close and get a fast train to London is worth the price.

“The track south of Doncaster certainly needs to be looked at as it is quite bumpy in places, but the trains, on the whole, are nice and clean.”

Commuters on the Hull to Kings Cross service can pay up to £15,000 for a season ticket.  The service includes intermediate stops such as Howden, Selby, Brough, Grantham and Doncaster.

We have an interactive Google Map available for the route.


A spokesperson for Hull Trains said: “We are working hard to ensure that as many services tomorrow can run as possible. We’ll post all updates here: as we know more.”

A selection of views from Twitter can be found on our Storify from yesterday and today.


Hull Trains Press Office will be issuing a statement later on Friday to clarify the situation for Saturday and beyond.

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