Grand Central lends helping hand to the community

Grand Central Rail has launched its Grand Gestures 2016 scheme, giving local organisations, including charities, community groups, schools, and small businesses the chance to win funding for an upcoming project. The rail operator is therefore calling on  organisations to bid for a portion of its £3,000 fund by nominating themselves and explaining how the money would be spent.

The scheme aims to provide much-needed support to local organisations that believe in making their communities better through their work. A total of seven projects along Grand Central’s North East and West Riding routes will be rewarded with funding, with one receiving £1,000, two receiving £500 each, and four receiving £250 each.

Sean English, Acting Managing Director at Grand Central, said “At Grand Central, we pride ourselves on the close links we have with the communities along our North East and West Riding routes. We are always looking for ways in which we can support our local community, and the Grand Gestures 2016 allows us to do just that.”

“We are pleased to announce this brand new scheme and look forward to hearing about various projects which have the potential to make a truly positive difference in the communities that we are part of.”

To bid for a portion of the £3,000 fund to deliver or enhance a future project, please download and complete the entry form at, outlining how the money will be spent and send to using the title header ‘Grand Gestures 2016’. Entries will be judged by Grand Central and the entry deadline is 13th May 2016. Successful applicants will be selected no later than 23rd May. Terms and conditions can be found at


Notes to Editors

1. Grand Central Railway Company Limited operates West Riding services between Bradford Interchange, Halifax, Brighouse, Mirfield, Wakefield Kirkgate, Pontefract Monkhill, Doncaster and London King’s Cross.

2. Grand Central Railway Company Limited also operates North East services between Sunderland, Hartlepool, Eaglescliffe, Northallerton, Thirsk, York and London Kings Cross.

3. Grand Central Railway Company topped the 2016 Which? Magazine Train Satisfaction Survey with a 79% passenger satisfaction score.

4. For further information on Grand Central, and to buy tickets with no booking fee, visit