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Christmas & New Year travel information

Useful tips for travelling over the Festive period

Seat reservations

Throughout the Festive period, we are anticipating a high volume of passengers travelling on our services, particularly over the weekends. This means that our trains will be busy and may be standing room only for customers who have not reserved a seat.

All Advance tickets include a seat reservation. If you have an Off-Peak or Anytime ticket, check your confirmation email or paper tickets for reservations. You can book a seat reservation (subject to availability):

Alternatively, you can speak to our customer relations team on 0345 603 4852 (Mon – Fri 08:00 – 18:00)

Find your seat before you board

Our handy seating plan helps you find your seat quicker. We recommend familiarising yourself with the train layout before you travel.

The Grand Central app can also show you which platform your train will depart from, as well as giving live travel information and updates.

Seat availability - December 19th 2019 - January 3rd 2020

Christmas & New Year seat availability

*Services do not call at London King's Cross

Luggage

  • Please remember trains have limited luggage space on-board, so travel light if you can and only brings items that you can carry.
  • A maximum of three items per person including two suitcases and a small carry on bag can be brought onboard.
  • So that everyone can move around the train safely, please fold prams and pushchairs prior to boarding.

Changes to our Festive timetable

  • North East (Sunderland, York & London)
    • Tuesday 24 December

      • The 15:30 & 17:30 Sunderland to London Kings Cross services will not run.
      • The last train from Sunderland to London Kings Cross will be the 12:30.
      • The 19:27 London Kings Cross to Sunderland service will not run.
      • The last train from London Kings Cross to Sunderland will be the 16:48.

      Wednesday 25 & Thursday 26 December

      • No Grand Central services.

      Friday 27 December

      • The 06:43 & 08:44 Sunderland to London Kings Cross service will arrive into London at later times of 10:20 & 12:20 respectively.
      • The 08:27 London Kings Cross to Sunderland service will not run.

      Tuesday 31 December

      • The 15:30 & 19:27 Sunderland to London Kings Cross service will not run.
      • The last train from Sunderland to London Kings Cross will be the 12:30.
      • The 19:27 London Kings Cross to Sunderland service will not run.
      • The last train from London Kings Cross to Sunderland will be the 16:48.

      Wednesday 1 January 2020

      • No Grand Central services.

      Thursday 2 January 2020

      • The 08:27 London Kings Cross to Sunderland service will not run.

      Friday 3 January 2020

      • The 17:30 Sunderland to London Kings Cross service will not run.
  • West Riding (Bradford, Doncaster & London)
    • Tuesday 24 December – Christmas Eve

      • The 14:50 Bradford Interchange to London Kings Cross service will not run.
      • The last train from Bradford Interchange to London Kings Cross will be the 10:22.
      • The 19:54 London Kings Cross to Bradford Interchange service will not run.
      • The last train from London Kings Cross to Bradford Interchange will be the 16:27.

      Wednesday 25 & Thursday 26 December

      • No Grand Central services.

      Friday 27 December

      • The 06:55 Bradford Interchange to London Kings Cross service will terminate at Doncaster.
      • The 07:56 Bradford Interchange to London Kings Cross service will not run.
      • The 10:57 London Kings Cross to Bradford Interchange service will start at Doncaster and will not call at London King's Cross.

      Tuesday 31 December

      • The 14:50 Bradford Interchange to London Kings Cross service will not run.
      • The last train from Bradford Interchange to London Kings Cross will be the 10:22.
      • The 19:54 London Kings Cross to Bradford Interchange service will not run.
      • The last train from London Kings Cross to Bradford Interchange will be the 16:27.

      Wednesday 1 January 2020

      • No Grand Central services.

      Thursday 2 & Friday 3 January 2020

      • Normal service