The concept of running trains from Hull to London was conceived by former British Rail managers, Mike Jones and John Nelson, through their Renaissance Trains business. Each took a 10% shareholding in Hull Trains with GB Railways the remaining 80%. This structure remains in place, albeit with First having acquired GB Railway's share when they purchased the company in August 2003.
In 2000 Hull Trains was granted a four-year track access agreement by the Office of Rail Regulation with operations commencing on 25 September 2000. In June 2002 it was awarded access rights for ten years. In June 2008 Hull Trains was rebranded as First Hull Trains with First's corporate blue, pink and white colours adopted. In January 2009 the access rights were extended to December 2014 and in February 2010 was further extended to December 2016.
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