Arriva acquires open access operator Grand Central Railway
04 November 2011
Arriva plc has confirmed it has acquired UK open access operator
Grand Central Railway which runs passenger train services between
Sunderland and London, and between Bradford/Halifax and London.
The acquisition, for an undisclosed amount, adds to
Arriva’s UK Trains portfolio of the CrossCountry, Arriva
Trains Wales and Chiltern Railways franchises, and concessions to
operate the Tyne and Wear Metro and (as a joint venture) London
Grand Central is an open access operator, it does not receive
subsidy from, or pay any premium to the Department for Transport.
It operates four direct services between Sunderland and London
Kings Cross daily, and three direct services between
Bradford/Halifax and London Kings Cross. It provides approximately
700,000 passenger journeys a year.
Bob Holland, Arriva UK Trains managing director, said: “We
firmly believe open access will play a valuable part of a balanced
portfolio for our UK Trains division alongside our three franchises
and concessions operated on London Overground and the Tyne and Wear
“Bringing Grand Central on board means we have a live open
access operation up and running, one which is popular with
customers and which we believe we can develop to become a key
commercial part of our UK rail operations.”
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