Next stop - Mirfield!
From Sunday 11 December, Grand Central Railway will be running direct rail connections between Mirfield and London. With tickets from as little as £19 when you book in advance, there's even more reason to try Grand Central.
Three trains per day will leave Mirfield for London Kings Cross, with a choice of two return services. For those travelling at weekends, on Saturdays there are two southbound services, with three services travelling in the opposite direction. On Sundays there will be a choice of three services in both directions.
The stops at Mirfield have come about as a result of an application by Grand Central Railway to the Office of Rail Regulation, followed by extensive consultation with Network Rail and other industry stakeholders.
Tom Clift, Managing Director of Grand Central Railway, said:
"We are delighted to have been given permission to serve Mirfield. The town and its surroundings offer a considerable catchment for those who travel to London regularly, whether for business or pleasure. We also recognise the tourism potential of Kirklees in attracting passengers in the opposite direction. Now that the green light has been given, we shall continue discussions with Metro and Northern Rail to seek improvements to the station."
Cllr Pat Sutcliffe, Chair of Mirfield Town Council, said "This is great news for Mirfield and for Kirklees. It gives such a boost to our local community. For years Mirfield has been recognised as a relatively affluent community. It is a busy town and has a lot of commuters. Until now passengers heading for London have had to travel to either Wakefield or Leeds. Now we have a direct link with the capital I am thrilled to bits."
Due to the last minute announcement from the ORR, the fare for Mirfield will not be in railway retail systems for about another week. The equivalent Brighouse fare will be used for the purposes of ticket sales.
Check the train times to and from Mirfield and book your tickets.