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Plans for new direct rail services between Blackpool and London are on schedule this year after Grand Central revealed it was starting to train drivers.
Class 90's and Mk 4's will be used on the service.Grand Central, part of the Arriva group, which is itself part of Deutsche Bahn, is planning to run five direct trains in each direction to the capital every weekday and Saturday and four on Sundays.
A provisional timetable shows trains running from Blackpool via Kirkham and Wesham, Preston, Nuneaton, Milton Keynes and London Euston after the May timetable changes.
A Grand Central spokesman said: “We’re very much looking forward to launching services on our new route from Blackpool to London Euston in Spring 2020.Grand Central Railway Company already provides direct rail connections from towns and cities in Yorkshire and the North East England with London.It said its customer satisfaction levels were consistently high and it was named Britain’s best value rail operator for the eighth time in the Spring QE$2019 National Rail Passenger Survey.
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