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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]

Grand Central plans new Blackpool to London route from 2020 in major boost for the local economy

Grand Central has today (24 June) confirmed that its plans to run trains between Blackpool and London from Spring 2020 are firmly on track.

These InterCity services were approved in June 2018 by the Rail Regulator, the Office of Rail and Road. Originally planned as Great North Western…

View more21 June 2019
Grand Central sponsors second season of Shakespeare's Rose Theatre in York

Grand Central has been named headline sponsor of Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre – York’s award-winning pop-up Shakespearean theatre - for the second year running.

Following its highly successful inaugural season in 2018 which attracted more than 80,000 visitors to York, Shakespeare’s Rose…

View more02 May 2019
Free books for young passengers from Grand Central on World Book Day

If you’re travelling northbound on Grand Central on World Book Day, be sure to pick up a copy of The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit or Topsy and Tim: Go On A Train by Jean Adamson. The rail company is giving away free copies of the beloved rail-themed books as part of the celebration, which…

View more20 February 2019
Red wheels commemorate Hartlepool Station’s historical significance

Transport Trust and the Friends of Hartlepool Station unveiled two Transport Trust Red Wheels at Hartlepool Station yesterday (Wednesday 6 February) in the presence of the Lord Lieutenant of County Durham, Mrs Sue Snowden. 

The Red Wheel Scheme was created by the Transport Trust…

View more07 February 2019
Grand Central rated long distance passenger champion in national survey

Grand Central has once again come out on top for passenger satisfaction and value for money in a national survey of rail users.

Today (29 January) the National Rail Passenger Survey (NRPS) results for Autumn 2018 were released by Transport Focus. Grand Central was ranked number one for…

View more29 January 2019
Grand Central staff swap home comforts for sleeping bags to raise money for Centrepoint

Grand Central staff are grabbing their sleeping bags and hot water bottles and heading out into the cold, cold night in aid of charity Centrepoint later this month.

Colleagues from Grand Central will be taking part in the charity’s sleepouts in Sunderland (15 November) and Bradford (22…

View more15 November 2018
All aboard the spooky train!

Grand Central and Huddersfield Town Foundation managed to scare the daylights out of some local schoolchildren on its annual Spooky Train journey last week.

Thirty children from Healey Junior and Infant School in Batley wrote ghost stories to frighten their friends on the ride,…

View more05 November 2018
The Grand Build to recreate Adelante train using LEGO

Calling all Master Builders! Grand Central Rail is celebrating its Adelante refurbishment programme with a very special event this October half term – putting their trains among the ranks of world famous landmarks which have been recreated using LEGO®.

Grand Central is calling on young…

View more09 October 2018
Grand Central helps Brighouse Arts Festival go with a swing

Grand Central is delighted to be the principal supporter of this year’s Brighouse Arts Festival (5-14 October).

The festival features more than 40 of the highest quality cultural events, all taking place in the centre of Brighouse. Bringing together music, literature, art, theatre,…

View more04 October 2018