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The latest news and information from Grand Central railway. Updates on our company, our community outreach and developments in the wider rail industry. For enquiries, please contact [email protected].

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Arriva Group responds to UK Government's announcement on the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail Reform

Grand Central’s parent company, Arriva UK Trains, has issued an initial response to the content and recommendations within the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail Reform.

The statement is on behalf of all Arriva Group train operating companies including Grand Central. You can read the full…

View more20 May 2021
Grand Central steams ahead to boost domestic tourism

Grand Central has revealed it is leading the rail industry by offering reservations to passengers six months in advance.

The long-distance operator, which runs services linking Yorkshire and the North East to London Kings Cross, announced it had now opened discounted ticket sales and…

View more09 April 2021
Grand Central welcomes passengers as three-month service suspension ends

Image credit: Jonathon Kirby

LONG distance rail operator Grand Central (GC) will return to service this weekend following a three-month period of hibernation due to the current national lockdown.

The York-based operator will welcome its first passengers on…

View more25 March 2021
Statement from our director on return to service

Following yesterday’s Government announcement on the timeline for the easing of current national lockdown restrictions, Grand Central (GC) has…

View more23 February 2021
Grand Central to suspend train services until March 1

Open Access train operator Grand Central is to suspend all its services throughout January and February following Monday’s Government announcement of a new phase of national lockdown in England.

The company plans to hibernate services on both its North East and West Riding routes from…

View more05 January 2021
Grand Central doubles up on seat availability with extra carriages for festive rail passengers

TRAIN operator Grand Central has doubled the number of carriages available to passengers on some of its most popular pre-Christmas services.

With train companies experiencing high demand from rail users looking to visit loved-ones during the relaxation of COVID tier restrictions, Grand…

View more15 December 2020
Grand Central celebrates December return and urges passengers to reserve festive travel now

Long-distance train operator Grand Central has confirmed its trains will run again from early December and has urged passengers to book their festive travel now.

The company, which placed its services into hibernation during the current national lockdown, will return on December 3 with…

View more25 November 2020
Statement from Richard McClean, Managing Director, Grand Central

Following the recent Government announcement that England will enter an initial four-week period of lockdown, Grand Central has made the decision to temporarily suspend all its rail services from the end of service on Friday 6th November. Customers with tickets to travel between…

View more03 November 2020
Lego Grand Central train on track to greet half-term visitors to York

THE train now arriving at York Visitor Information Centre is the centrepiece of a new partnership between the city’s official tourism body and rail operator Grand Central.

The four-metre Lego model made the short journey from Grand Central’s Rougier Street headquarters on Thursday, and…

View more26 October 2020