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Alliance Rail Holdings is a railway company developing plans to operate passenger trains in the United Kingdom through its subsidiaries Great North Western Railway Company Limited (GNWR) and Grand Southern Railway (GSR). Despite various proposals, the company has not run any passenger services since its formation in 2009.
Alliance has undertaken detailed timetabling and economic work to support its applications to the Office of Rail & Road (ORR). Alliance is headed by Richard McClean who is also managing director of Grand Central. A new development team was announced on 12 August 2010. The venture is wholly owned by Arriva.
Great North Western Railway
In August 2015, the ORR announced Alliance Rail's amended application to operate six trains per day from London Euston to Blackpool calling at Milton Keynes, Nuneaton, Tamworth, Lichfield Trent Valley, Crewe, Preston, Kirkham & Wesham and Poulton-le-Fylde had been successful. A 10-year access agreement was awarded with operations to commence in May 2018. These services were to have been operated by fellow Arriva subsidiary Grand Central. The application proposed using 125mph tilting Class 390 Pendolinos, however with Alliance unable to negotiate a derogation to operate the rolling stock, the access rights lapsed in June 2017.
Alliance applied for altered paths with InterCity 225 sets to commence operating from September 2019. As these are not able to tilt, their speed will be restricted to 110mph. Due to the lower speed, the revised service wll only call at Milton Keynes, Nuneaton, Preston, Kirkham & Wesham and Poulton-le-Fylde.
In June 2018, the Office of Rail and Road approved the new application for a seven-year track access application for five direct services.  The service will be operated by Grand Central commencing in 2020.
Grand Southern Railway
In November 2016, Alliance began consultation on a proposed London Waterloo to Southampton service. It was proposed to operate seven off-peak services per day from December 2017, calling at Wimbledon, Hook, Basingstoke, Winchester and Eastleigh, with two peak services proposed from December 2018. It was set to use Class 442 trains. Network Rail had identified available paths for Grand Southern to use. In March 2017, the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) told Grand Southern to delay the application until the outcome of the South Western franchise was known. In March 2018, the ORR released an update confirming a delay to the application. The application was eventually rejected in August 2018.
The reason for the rejection was that the Class 442s were no longer available. The proposal also generated only between £0.17 and £0.22 of new revenue for each pound abstracted from the incumbent operators, and the ORR requires not less that £0.30, so it failed the "not primarily abstractive" test.
Great North Eastern Railway
GNER, resurrecting the name of the defunct Sea Containers subsidiary lodged an application to operate from London King's Cross to Cleethorpes, Bradford Forster Square, Ilkley and Edinburgh from 2018. These were rejected in May 2016.
It also proposed in 2009 to operate services from London King's Cross to Scarborough via the Yorkshire Coast Line, Skegness, Sheffield via Grantham, Grimsby and Middlesbrough, but these were rejected in 2010 by the ORR. It was also proposed in December 2013 that services would run services between Kings Cross and Skipton, but these were withdrawn in 2014 by the ORR.
- Companies House extract company no 7026295 Alliance Rail Holdings Limited
- Companies House extract company no 6938935 Great North Western Railway Company Limited
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- Grand Central to launch Blackpool service in spring 2020 Railway Gazette International 25 June 2019
- Projects Alliance Rail Holdings
- Southampton - London open access service proposed Railway Gazette International 8 November 2016
- "Great Southern signals more choice on railways" The Times 9 November 2016
- Office of Rail and Road, http://orr.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/28450/2018-08-01-grand-southern-decision-letter.pdf
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- Great North Eastern Railway Archived 12 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine Alliance Rail Holdings
- "Alliance reveals London-Edinburgh plan" Rail Magazine issue 776 10 June 2015 page 18
- Applications for the East Coast Main Line Office of Rail & Road 12 May 2016
- First Group to run Edinburgh to London budget rail service BBC News 12 May 2016
- VTEC and FirstGroup granted East Coast Main Line paths Railway Gazette International 12 May 2016