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Grand Central services will not run August 24 & August 25

Please be aware that Grand Central services will not be running on August 24 and 25 due to essential engineering works taking place at King's Cross station. Additionally, an amended service will be in operation on Friday August 23 and Monday August 26. Services are expected to be busy during these periods so we are advising all customers not to travel over the Bank Holiday Weekend.

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Last updated 09:47 am, Monday 19/08

Information for customers who booked travel before June 19 and need to amend their travel date

If you purchased a ticket through grandcentralrail.com prior to June 19th 2019 and need to amend it, please click here.

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Last updated 20:43 pm, Tuesday 18/06

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London to Blackpool

From Spring 2020, Grand Central plans to expand its services to new parts of Britain, running services on the West Coast Mainline between London Euston and Blackpool North.

With five return services per day (four on Sunday), and calling at a number of popular destinations, we’ll be giving customers more choice and flexibility in how they travel between North West England and London, in addition to our already popular routes to Yorkshire and the North East.

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Blackpool route map

Blackpool will gain direct services to London on Sundays as well as later trains to and from the capital Monday to Saturday. Poulton-le-Fylde and Kirkham & Wesham will each have new direct London services throughout the day, seven days a week. All trains will also call at Preston and Nuneaton, with most stopping additionally at Milton Keynes, connecting leisure and business travellers to the capital and offering a choice of operator along with low cost fares.

Grand Central’s expansion plans will create new jobs over the coming months. Grand Central will be recruiting train drivers and on-board crew for its Blackpool traincrew hub. Train driver recruitment will begin soon. More recruitment information can be found here.

Proposed timetable (subject to change)

North West route timetable

These InterCity services were approved in June 2018 by the Rail Regulator, the Office of Rail and Road. Originally planned as Great North Western Railway (GNWR) services they are expected to be operated by established open access operator, and sister Arriva company, Grand Central.