Grand Central Rail has announced a new ten-year deal that will see trains travelling through Brighouse to London.
The new contract agreed with the Office of Rail Regulation will allow Grand Central Rail to continue operating services between London King’s Cross and Sunderland, and London King’s Cross and Bradford until 2026.
The agreement on the length of the contract term will enable Grand Central Rail to make significant investment in its rolling stock and invest in passenger facilities at the stations at which it calls.
Richard McClean, Managing Director of Grand Central, said: “As an open access operator, the ten-year extension to our rail access is excellent news for our passengers and employees and highly significant for the wider rail industry.
“For many of the towns on our routes we operate the only direct service to London, so this extension is a big coup for those communities and local businesses as well, who can continue to make connections to the capital.
“Our new access rights give us the opportunity to make significant investment in the rolling stock to improve reliability.
“We’ll also work with stations along our route to improve facilities like car parks..
“We pride ourselves on our customer service, as recently demonstrated in the latest National Rail Passenger Survey results, and we are looking forward to a further ten years of linking with these communities and making continued enhancements to our service for our passengers.”
Grand Central is celebrating recent success in the latest National Rail Passenger Survey after being named one of Britain’s highest rated long distance train operators with 94 per cent customer satisfaction.