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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

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
See inside Grand Central’s stylish Adelante trains as £9m refurbishment programme completes

Train operator Grand Central is delighted to announce that the refurbishment of its Adelante trains is now complete. 

Thousands of customers across Grand Central’s North East and West Riding routes will benefit from increased comfort and style as the final…

View more12 December 2019
Grand Central continues £2.6m station investment programme

Train operator Grand Central has announced further details of a number of station investment schemes, demonstrating its continued commitment to the communities it serves.

A raft of schemes are now underway at stations along Grand Central’s North East and West Riding routes – part of…

View more31 October 2019
Grand Central to introduce an additional daily return service on its North East route

Train operator Grand Central has received approval to operate an additional daily return service from the North East to the capital, bringing its Monday – Saturday services to six in each direction and five on Sundays.

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has granted access rights for…

View more09 October 2019
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