All Grand Central articles

  • Liebherr Transportation Systems LiCAS actuator
    Rail Business UK

    Controlled Axle Steering on show following Grand Central tests

    2022-09-21T10:49:00Z

    INNOTRANS: On show in Berlin is the Liebherr Controlled Axle Steering active wheelset control system, which aims to significantly reduce wear on rails and wheels. LiCAS has been developed by Liebherr-Transportation Systems and was successfully field tested in co-operation with Arriva’s UK open access operator Grand ...

  • Grand Central Journey Central
    Rail Business UK

    Grand Central launches at seat information and catering service

    2021-06-29T12:34:00Z

    UK: Grand Central is introducing an integrated digital portal for onboard entertainment, real-time journey information and at-seat catering. Journey Central has been developed with transport technology company Whoosh and contactless ordering specialist Ordamo. It is accessed through a passenger’s smart phone, tablet or laptop without the ...

  • gb-Swansea-Manchester Mk 4 DVT
    Rail Business UK

    Ex-Grand Central Mk IVs to operate Swansea – Manchester service

    2021-06-07T15:16:00Z

    UK: Transport for Wales has purchased a batch of 30 refurbished Mk IV inter-city carriages to operate its Swansea – Manchester route from December 2022, replacing the current Class 175 DMUs.

  • Grand Central
    Rail Business UK

    Grand Central plans restart date and Hull Trains to monitor demand

    2021-02-24T14:09:00Z

    UK: Following the government’s February 22 announcement of a proposed timeline for easing coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England, open access operators Grand Central and Hull Trains have confirmed that they are to remain in ‘hibernation’ for the time being. Unlike franchised operators, the open access operators ...

  • r Grand Central said it would be suspending all its services from January 9 until March 1.
    Rail Business UK

    Grand Central suspends services until March 1

    2021-01-05T17:33:00Z

    UK: Following the government’s announcement of a third national lockdown in England, London to West Yorkshire and Sunderland open access operator Grand Central said it would be suspending all its services from January 9 until March 1. ‘It is hugely disappointing for us to be starting 2021 ...

  • Grand Central is to restart services on December 3 as the lockdown restrictions in England change
    Rail Business UK

    Grand Central to restart services

    2020-11-25T16:00:00Z

    UK: Grand Central is to restart services on December 3 as the lockdown restrictions in England change, but the open access operator warned that it would only be offering a reduced and reservation-only timetable and no onboard catering. ‘While it’s great to be back, we can’t emphasise ...

  • Hull Trains Paragon fleet
    Rail Business UK

    Hull Trains and Grand Central to suspend services again

    2020-11-03T15:32:00Z

    UK: Open access operators Hull Trains and Grand Central are to suspend services again as England enters a second period of coronavirus lockdown running for four weeks from November 5. The open access companies operate on a purely commercial basis, and were not entitled to the government ...

  • Grand Central Class 90 loco (Photo: DB Cargo UK)
    Rail Business UK

    Grand Central drops plans for Blackpool – London open access service

    2020-09-10T11:06:00Z

    Rail Business UK understands that after months of work exploring all options, it had become clear that the service would not be financially viable until at least 2024.

  • Refurbished Grand Central Class 180 (5)
    Rail Business UK

    ‘Now is the right moment to act’ Grand Central says as it announces restart date

    2020-07-01T13:32:00Z

    UK: ‘We’ve tracked our path forward, we believe now is the right moment to act, for our passengers, our staff and for the business’, Grand Central Managing Director Richard McClean told Rail Business UK on July 1 when the company announced plans for a ‘measured’ restart of ...

  • Hull Trains Paragon fleet
    Rail Business UK

    Union calls for government support for open access operators

    2020-06-03T13:09:00Z

    UK: The RMT trade union has written to the Secretary of State for Transport calling on the government to intervene to support open access operators Hull Trains and Grand Central. Unlike franchised operators, the open access companies which are owned by FirstGroup and Arriva have not received ...

  • Grand Central 180107 Harringay TM2
    News

    Concern grows over future of open access operators

    2020-05-13T13:03:00Z

    UK: The future of open access services remains uncertain as both Hull Trains and Grand Central face up to the implications of tighter Department for Transport requirements on passenger safety when rail services are stepped up from May 18. Talking to Rail Business UK, one senior ...

  • gb Grand Central train at London King's Cross
    Rail Business UK

    Grand Central surveys passenger attitudes to support restart planning

    2020-05-06T13:05:00Z

    UK: Grand Central has launched what it calls an ‘ambitious open-ended survey’ to gauge current public attitudes to rail travel. The Arriva-owned open access operator intends to use the findings to plan the restart of its passenger services following a ‘hibernation’ which was implemented when Covid-19 travel ...

  • Refurbished Grand Central Class 180 (5)
    Rail Business UK

    Grand Central follows Hull Trains in suspending open access services

    2020-04-06T08:12:00Z

    UK: Open access operator Grand Central temporarily suspended all services from the end of April 3, as coronavirus restrictions continue to affect its passenger numbers. The London King’s Cross to Sunderland and Bradford operator said it anticipated that the ‘necessary but temporary’ measure would last for an ...

  • Refurbished Grand Central Class 180 (5)
    Rail Business UK

    Grand Central commits to revised timetable, but Blackpool launch likely to be delayed

    2020-03-30T16:25:00Z

    UK: Asked whether Grand Central was planning to follow the other East Coast Main Line open access operator Hull Trains in temporarily stopping operations because of the coronavirus pandemic, Grand Central Managing Director Richard McClean told Rail Business UK on March 30 ‘we remain committed to providing ...

  • Grand Central Class 90 loco (Photo: DB Cargo UK)
    Rail Business UK

    Grand Central prepares to launch London – Blackpool services

    2020-02-20T16:48:00Z

    Source: DB Cargo UK UK: The first of five Class 90 electric locomotives to receive open access passenger operator Grand Central’s branding has been unveiled ahead of the launch of London Euston – Blackpool North services this spring. Four of the 175 km/h locomotives hired from DB ...

  • Refurbished Grand Central Class 180
    Rail Business UK

    Grand Central completes £9m fleet refurbishment

    2019-12-11T05:00:00Z

    UK: Arriva TrainCare’s Eastleigh site has completed a £9m two-year programme to undertake the mid-life refurbishment of 10 Alstom Class 180 Adelante inter-city DMUs for open access operator Grand Central. The trains have had a full interior refresh, with new seats with ...