UK-based open access operator Hull Trains has temporarily suspended its operations for the second time this year after the government imposed new lockdowns to restrict Covid-19 transmission.

The suspension is set to become effective from 5 November and will continue until further notice.

The operator runs direct rail services from Hull and the Humber region to London.

Hull Trains managing director Louise Cheeseman said: “Sadly, we are reluctantly suspending all our rail services in response to the national lockdown.

“This is the second time we have temporarily suspended services and the decision has been made to safeguard the future of the business.

“It would be foolhardy of us to run trains when people are being asked to stay at home and our business isn’t in a position to be generating an income from passengers buying train tickets.”

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The company previously halted its operations in March when passenger numbers plummeted after the UK Government issued Covid-19 guidance amid increasing infection cases.

Ticket sales are the main source of revenue for the company. As an open-access operator, it is also not entitled to additional financial support from the government.

Cheeseman added: “We hope to safely resume services as soon as we can in the future when it is financially viable to do so.

“All the information about this temporary measure and what this means for customers, and refunds is available on our website.”