Passengers put Grand Central Rail in first place
Grand Central Railway has once again been revealed as Britain's highest-rated long distance train operator for customer satisfaction.
Figures released today by Passenger Focus reveal that 94% of passengers were satisfied, or very satisfied, with Grand Central services in the Autumn 2014 National Rail Passenger Survey. The rail company also topped the table in other areas, with 96% of passengers happy with the punctuality of trains arriving and departing at stations, a 6% increase in satisfaction since Spring 2014.
Grand Central passengers cited value for money, the comfortable seating and the extra legroom, available as standard on trains, amongst the reasons for the very high levels of satisfaction.
Richard McClean, Managing Director at Grand Central Railway said:
“Grand Central is at the heart of the communities that we serve, so we’re delighted that our customers continue to express high levels of satisfaction with our services. We pride ourselves on the reliability of our service and we are committed to listening to our customers in order to further improve our rail offering.
“We have invested in our fleet of trains to improve reliability and work closely with Network Rail and industry partners to monitor and improve our performance where we can. We’re delighted that our passengers are noticing an improvement.
“As a small, open-access operator, we work innovatively to improve the experience for passengers.
“In 2014, we extended our Station Ambassador scheme to Brighouse in West Yorkshire. Our volunteer Station Ambassadors work when the stations are unstaffed, providing help and guidance for passengers at the start and end of their journey. Investing in local communities is not only positive for passengers, but by working with local volunteers, we can ensure visitors get the best welcome.”
Grand Central was compared positively to other long distance train operators including East Coast, CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains, First TransPennine Express and Virgin Trains in terms of overall satisfaction.
Grand Central is an open-access passenger train operator. Part of the Arriva group, Grand Central provides direct rail connections from towns and cities in Yorkshire and the North East with London.
Notes for editors
- Grand Central Railway Company Limited operates West Riding services between Bradford Interchange, Halifax, Brighouse, Mirfield, Pontefract Monkhill, Wakefield Kirkgate, Doncaster and London King’s Cross and North East services between Sunderland, Hartlepool, Eaglescliffe, Northallerton, Thirsk, York and London Kings Cross.
- Grand Central does not run or operate any stations but invests significantly to improve stations we call at.
i. Eaglescliffe – Along with partners including Northern and Stockton on Tees Borough Council, Grand Central invested £80k to install a manned ticket office, an improved Public Address system and new Customer Information Screens. The car park was also expanded from 30 to 84 spaces. Work is due to be completed in April 2015.
ii. Wakefield Kirkgate –Grand Central has invested at Wakefield Kirkgate in order to improve the station building, car parking facilities and to create a Grand Central branded waiting room. Work began on the Grade 2 listed building during 2013. The work should be finished in mid 2015.
- Grand Central's Station Ambassadors are unpaid volunteers who work at unmanned stations on Sundays. Station Ambassadors at Hartlepool and Eaglescliffe in the North East and Brighouse in West Yorkshire provide a cheerful welcome to the station and offer help and guidance on Grand Central services.
- The full results can be found at passengerfocus.org.uk.
- For further information on Grand Central and, to buy tickets with no booking fee, visit grandcentralrail.com