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Rail passengers rate Grand Central Britain’s best train operator

A YORKSHIRE-based train company has been rated the passengers’ favourite in a national survey of rail users.

Since launching its first service 13 years ago between Sunderland and London Kings Cross, and adding Bradford to London services ten years ago, York-based Grand Central has…

View more02 July 2020
Light at end of lockdown tunnel as Grand Central offers tickets for summer return

TRAIN operator Grand Central has announced a ‘measured’ return to service following a four-month period of hibernation during the COVID-19 lockdown.

The Yorkshire-based company is inviting passengers to book for its West Riding and North East routes, from July 26. Grand Central thanked…

View more30 June 2020
Grand Central extends temporary suspension of train services during COVID-19 restrictions

GRAND Central will extend its current suspension of train services throughout June as company bosses continue to monitor Government advice on social distancing and plan a return of its train services later in the summer.

As UK rail passengers return under a new limited timetable and…

View more20 May 2020
Grand Central announces temporary suspension of train services during COVID-19 restrictions

Grand Central will temporarily suspend all its train services from the end of today (Friday 3 April) as Coronavirus restrictions continue to affect passenger numbers.

The York-based operator, which runs services between Sunderland, Bradford and London Kings Cross, said the measures…

View more03 April 2020
Grand Central announces traincrew hub in Blackpool

Grand Central has announced it has signed a lease with Blackpool Council and work has now started on the 2,500sq ft site at No. 1 Bickerstaffe Square. The space will be Grand Central’s flagship traincrew hub to service its new North West to London Euston route.

The ground floor…

View more27 February 2020
The dawn of a new era as Grand Central invests £21 million in trains to serve its new North West route

Grand Central is investing more than £21 million in trains to operate on its new North West to London route, with the refurbishment of the first locomotive complete with its iconic livery.

The open access rail operator today revealed it has leased 24 coaches and 5 locomotives, to run…

View more20 February 2020
Grand Central voted best long distance and value for money train company

Grand Central has been voted best long distance operator for the ninth time and best for value for money in a national survey of rail users.

Transport Focus today (28 January) released figures for its twice yearly National Rail Passenger Survey (NRPS) for Autumn 2019. The…

View more28 January 2020
Grand Central proud headline sponsor of York Residents’ Festival

York based rail operator, Grand Central, is excited to be supporting the 25th York Residents’ Festival as headline sponsor.

The annual festival, which is organised by Make It York, is taking place this weekend and is organised as a ‘thank you’ to residents in York for the warm welcome…

View more24 January 2020
Grand Central unveils new customer lounge at Hartlepool station

Train operator Grand Central has installed new waiting room facilities for passengers at Hartlepool station as part of a £2.6m station investment programme across its network. 

The investment is one of a raft of schemes underway at stations along Grand Central’s North East and…

View more15 January 2020