Grand Central has become the first mainline train firm to make schedule cuts.

From this week Grand Central will be amending its services between Bradford and London Kings Cross over the coming weeks.

https://twitter.com/GC_Rail/status/1320608593134190593

Readers may remember at the beginning of April open access operator Grand Central suspended all services because of lockdown.

These services were partly restored at the end of July, and it was hoped service frequency would gradually return to normal.

However that was not to be. South Yorkshire has been placed in tier 3 lockdown which means travel restrictions apply and therefore Grand Central expects fewer customers.

It has therefore reduced services on its Bradford-London route which runs via Doncaster in South Yorkshire.

Should West Yorkshire and the Northeast be placed in tier 3 during the weeks and months ahead it’s likely this would also impact Grand Central’s services to these areas.

As we have mentioned previously open access firms like Grand Central can expect no support from the government hence it’s slimming schedules to protect its business.

Its open access counterpart Hull Trains operates from East and South Yorkshire to London.

But at time of writing its schedules remain unchanged.

grandcentrailrail.com, hulltrains.co.uk