Grand Central is owned by Arriva, and has been running trains since 2007. It’s an ‘Open-Access’ operator, which means that it runs trains without any financial help from the government. It runs services to 15 different stations and has a fleet of 10 trains.
As Grand Central has to make money in order to keep running, it’s in their interests to offer some competition! Here’s what we see if you’re looking to travel from York to London a week in advance:
The positive with Grand Central is that their trains are also non-stop after York, so they can be a popular option. If you’re on the Bradford route, the trains run non-stop between Doncaster and London.
Another useful ticket is the Anytime Return between Sunderland and York if you’re looking for a cheap last-minute way to get there from Tyneside and Wearside. It’s just £24.20 and you can use any Grand Central train, returning within a month.
On board services
You’ll find a number of luggage stacks throughout the train as well as overhead luggage racks. The overhead racks are very narrow though, so they’ll only fit the smallest items.
There’s a buffet car in Coach C. You can also scan a QR code and ‘click and collect’ your order online.
Free WiFi is available on all Grand Central trains.
There are three bike spaces for non-folding bikes on each train. Two are reservable, and one is available on a first-come, first-served basis. You’ll need to reserve a space at least 24 hours before travel by calling 0345 603 4852. There’s more information in our dedicated guide to travelling with bikes.
You can find out more about Passenger Assist on our dedicated page.