Grand Central Rail Unveils Additional Services For The Festive Season


Grand Central Rail is helping shoppers make the most of the festive season by unveiling its additional Christmas services from Sunderland to York. The extra services will enable visitors to gain easy access to one of the best loved cities for Christmas shopping with traditional wooden stalls, festive greenery and handmade gifts that its Christmas market has to offer.

In the run up to Christmas, Grand Central will be operating three additional services. Throughout December, the additional direct services will depart every Saturday from Sunderland at 09:11, arriving into York at 11:00.  The train service will also call at Hartlepool, Eaglescliffe, Northallerton and Thirsk stations.

Tickets for these special Christmas train services are now on sale from £19.10 return.  

Richard McClean, Managing Director of Grand Central Rail, said: “Christmas is an exciting time for our customers, who will be actively preparing for the festive season. The additional services will ensure that our customers are able to make the most out of the busy Christmas period, with ease of travel to York – a city renowned for its Christmas shopping.

“At Grand Central we are always looking at ways to improve the travel experience for passengers and hope that Sunderland residents take advantage of these additional services to enjoy the array of boutiques, markets and independent shops that York has to offer.”

For more information contact Grayling on 0113 273 9900 or email 

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 topped the Spring 2016 National Rail Passenger Survey with a satisfaction score of 96%. Grand Central also 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