Grand Central urges folks to book festive travel tickets now

RAIL passengers are requested to reserve their festival travel tickets now.

York-based Grand Central has confirmed its trains will resume service from December 3, after ceasing operations during the current national lockdown.

The long-distance operator operates a reduced timetable that only applies to reservations.

Grand Central executives are also reminding passengers that they will not be offering any services between December 25th and January 1st as London’s Kings Cross Station is undergoing major modernization works.

Managing Director Richard McClean said, “When we have Grand Central trains out there on our Northeast and West Equestrian Routes, we feel we and our passengers are an early Christmas present. We can’t wait to see you all back on board.

“And while it’s great to be back, we can’t stress enough that you need to book your December trip ASAP. To ensure you can travel safely, we will continue our onboard social distancing rules and mandatory face covering policy.

“You are welcome to bring your own food and drink, as we are not yet able to reintroduce on-board catering.

“We also made the decision to only reserve Grand Central services. Once our socially distant seats are reserved, you will no longer be able to purchase tickets for that service.”

Mr. McLean added, “The message from us is simple: buy your ticket and reserve your seat as soon as possible. Check your operator’s website or social feed for any updates or changes before you travel.

“The modernization work at London King’s Cross over Christmas will have a serious impact on the entire network. We ask that you, along with other train operators, carefully review your travel plans in accordance with government recommendations.”

To book your Grand Central trip and get the latest information on the services, visit The website also provides information on what to do if you have a ticket for a canceled service or want to change your travel date.

You can also check which services are the quietest here:

To learn more about the East Coast upgrade work, which includes the London Kings Cross Christmas closure, visit

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