Grand Central celebrates first anniversary of direct trains to London from Low Moor station
Grand Central Rail is celebrating the first anniversary of the addition of Low Moor station to its West Riding route.
In the 12 months since the station opened, more than 10,000 Grand Central customers have travelled from Low Moor station. A total of 2,800 Grand Central services have called at the newly regenerated station near Bradford, which offers direct trains to London Kings Cross.
The re-opening of Low Moor station after more than 50 years since it closed, has improved connectivity for passengers and offers greater accessibility to the capital for the immediate and wider community. The station is conveniently located close to the M62 motorway and offers 120 parking spaces, which are free to rail users.
The first anniversary coincides with Grand Central’s exciting £9m investment programme, including the refurbishment of its Adelante fleet of trains. The interior and exterior overhaul of the trains will include new seats with leather edging in standard class, new floor covering throughout, exterior and interior repaint, upgraded catering facilities, refitted toilet facilities with disabled access and baby changing facilities.
The on board upgrade will also include energy efficient LED lighting, and power sockets for charging mobile phones, laptops and other electrical devices.
Richard McClean, Managing Director at Grand Central Rail, said: “The addition of Low Moor station to our West Riding route was strongly welcomed by the community when it opened last year and it’s great to see so many people taking advantage of the service a year on.
“Grand Central is committed to keeping people moving and connecting people and businesses and that’s exactly why we were keen to add Low Moor to our service so that people can enjoy the wide range of destinations Grand Central has to offer.
“We pride ourselves on offering direct routes between the capital and communities in the North and ensuring that people on our routes can benefit from easy access and the best possible service.”
Grand Central, part of the Arriva group, is an established train operator which provides direct rail connections between towns and cities in Yorkshire and the North East of England and London.
The company recently celebrated being ranked the highest rated for customer satisfaction amongst British leisure and commuter travellers, according to consumer champion Which? Grand Central also took top honours for passenger satisfaction in the National Rail Passenger Survey for autumn 2017. It offers passengers a range of on-board benefits including comfortable seats, free Wi-Fi and extra luggage space.
To find out more about Grand Central, please visit www.grandcentralrail.com or follow the railway company on Twitter @GC_Rail, Facebook or LinkedIn.
Notes to editors
Grand Central Railway Company Limited is part of the Arriva group, one of the leading providers of passenger transport in Europe. Arriva employs more than 60,000 people and delivers over 2 billion passenger journeys across 14 European countries each year.
Grand Central is an established train operator which provides direct rail connections from towns and cities in Yorkshire and the North East England with London.
Established in 2007, Grand Central celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2017. Customer satisfaction levels are consistently high and the rail company has was named Britain’s best value rail operator for the 5th year in a row.
Grand Central operates West Riding Services between Bradford Interchange, Low Moor, Halifax, Brighouse, Mirfield, Wakefield Kirkgate, Pontefract Monkhill, Doncaster and London King’s Cross. The rail operator also operates North East services between Sunderland, Hartlepool, Eaglescliffe, Northallerton, Thirsk, York and London King’s Cross.
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