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Travel Assistance & Passenger Assist

Finding the best service for you

If you do not have a seat reservation, you will not be able to board your Grand Central train. To reserve your seat, contact our Customer Relations team on 0345 603 4852 (option 3, then option 1), this facility is available up to 5 minutes before departure (subject to availability).

To find out which of our services are the quietest to travel on, please see our dedicated travel updates page here.

Click here for the latest seat availability

If you require assistance when travelling with Grand Central, please contact us in advance on one of the numbers below.

Grand Central serves a number of stations across England, some of which are not staffed or are in remote locations. For full details of station accessibility, see our Stations page here.

All of our trains are wheelchair-accessible, and feature accessible toilets and dedicated wheelchair spaces. Additionally, announcements on-board are provided in both audio and digital formats. Travelling while mobility-impaired? You could be saving up to 33% on travel for you and a nominated person with the Disabled Persons' Railcard.

Passenger Assist

Simply book assistance for any train journey, with one number. For a helping hand around the station, to boarding a train or arranging a ramp.

We’ll organise assistance for your entire journey, even if you travel with someone else to complete the trip.

We can arrange for someone to:

  • meet you at the station entrance or meeting point
  • help you navigate around the station and accompany you to your train
  • help you on and off the service
  • provide a ramp on and off your train
  • meet you from your train and take you to your next train or the exit
  • carry your bag (up to three items of luggage as per the National Rail Conditions of Travel)

How to book travel assistance

When you're booking your train ticket on our website there is a link in the 'Need assistance' section on the Travel options page. Just click on the link and you'll be able to request what help you need and we'll be in touch. Please note that assistance can only be guaranteed if booked during our Contact Centre opening hours (shown below) at least 6 hours prior to your journey.

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Book assistance online without buying a ticket here

 

Accessible Travel Policy

Our Accessible Travel Policy (PDF) sets out how we aim to assist passengers who would normally find it difficult to access our services. It also contains detailed information about access arrangements at the stations we normally call at.

More information about our Accessible Travel Policy, including accessibility along our routes and on board our trains, can be found here.

Travelling during COVID-19

If you require a companion seat, please let us know and we will arrange for you and your companion to be seated together if possible.

For assistance at stations, all possible precautions surrounding social distancing and risk mitigation have been undertaken wherever possible.

Electric Mobility Scooters

Please visit our Electric mobility scooter page for updated information on travelling with an electric mobility scooter on our services.

Tell us about your experience

If you’ve used Grand Central’s travel assistance and have a comment or complaint to make, you can contact us at 0345 603 4852 (option 3, then option 1) or email us at [email protected].

If you feel we have not addressed a complaint to your satisfaction, you may take this up with the Rail Ombudsman. You can contact the Rail Ombudsman here.