Grand Central leases Mk4s for new North West route

Eversholt Rail and Grand Central have signed a lease for four sets of Mk4 coaches until December 2026 to run on Grand Central’s new North West to London route which is being launched this year.

These Mk4 coaches will be running in six-car formation with Class 90 locomotives, leased from DB Cargo. Grand Central are currently investing in a full refurbishment of the Mk4 coaches at Alstom in Widnes which includes new livery and internal refresh. The coaches will be maintained at Alstom’s Wembley depot and serviced overnight at Arriva North’s Blackpool depot.

Dave Hatfield, Grand Central’s Fleet Director, said: “We’re delighted to have entered into the leases for the trains, which we have chosen because of their proven track record and suitability for the service that we will be operating. It’s taken a lot of planning and a considerable team effort to get to this stage but it’s great that our customers will soon be able to see our refurbished Grand Central trains in operation. It’s exciting times ahead and we’re thrilled to be bringing our operational expertise and industry-leading customer service to this new route. We can’t wait to welcome our first passengers on board to experience travelling with Grand Central and look forward to offering more choice for existing rail users and new opportunities for people to travel by train.”

Steve Timothy, Stakeholder Director at Eversholt Rail, said “Eversholt Rail are pleased that Grand Central has chosen our Mk4 coaches for its new North West to London rail service. We look forward to working with Grand Central and extending our successful working relationship with the Arriva Group.”

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