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Grand Central increases daily services between North East and London Kings Cross

Train at York Station

 Long distance rail operator, Grand Central, is increasing the number of daily services between Sunderland and Kings Cross, from May 2022.

Tickets are now available to book online for all daily services, which sees Grand Central operate one more service, calling at its usual stations on the North East route every day of the week, including Sundays.

The additional service will bring its weekday offering to six return journeys and five Sunday return journeys from Sunday 15 May and will provide more choice for those travelling for work or leisure between North East stations such as Sunderland and Hartlepool, through York and on to the capital.

Sean English, Chief Operating Officer for Grand Central, says: “We’ve wanted to offer more services on our North East route for a while and as we build back better following the impact of COVID-19 on not only our services, but the rail industry as a whole, we’re looking forward to a positive future for Grand Central and our customers. Our value for money tickets offer our passengers an affordable way to travel to the capital and we’re thrilled to bring them even more choice of services.”

Customers can now book tickets for Grand Central’s weekday services up to 26 weeks in advance and 10 weeks in advance for weekend travel. This is the farthest in advance tickets have been available until now, offering fantastic opportunities for cheaper fares of up to 80% off.

The additional service sees the current Grand Central North East timetable change to:

6th North East Service


Notes to Editors

Grand Central Railway Company Limited is an established train operator which provides direct rail connections from towns and cities in Yorkshire and the North East England with London.
Customer satisfaction levels are consistently high and the rail company was named Britain’s best value rail operator for the tenth time in the Spring 2020 National Rail Passenger Survey. In 2020 the same survey saw Grand Central rated overall best operator for customer satisfaction

Grand Central operates North East services between Sunderland, Hartlepool, Eaglescliffe, Northallerton, Thirsk, York and London King’s Cross. Also operating West Riding services between Bradford Interchange, Low Moor, Halifax, Brighouse, Mirfield, Wakefield Kirkgate, Pontefract Monkhill, Doncaster, and London King’s Cross.

Grand Central is part of the Arriva group. Arriva is one of the leading providers of passenger transport in Europe, employing over 53,000 people and delivering 2 billion passenger journeys a year across 14 European countries. We are part of Deutsche Bahn (DB), one of the world’s leading passenger and logistics companies, and are responsible for DB's regional passenger transport services outside Germany.