Grand Central bids to increase links between Sunderland, Hartlepool and London

Discussion in 'SMB' started by MrOompapa, May 16, 2018.

  1. Brexit

    Brexit Winger

    I didn't know about the bogs.
  2. The Butcher

    The Butcher Winger

    GC is a good service, used it plenty tho prices can get high at times. However, make no mistake, they are only interested in the Sunderland route to soak up the York to London line, that's where they make their money. All good news however I'd like to see the NE regional lines service updated and improved to a more regular service to more places.
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  3. A station befitting of a decent sized city mate. Not a oversized metro station.

    Needs to be more aesthetically pleasing to the superficial amongst us. Including me and any visitors we get.
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  4. roker beach

    roker beach Winger

    It’s frustrating that when parts of the north get ready for HS2 that there is no sign of electrification of the Sunderland and Hartlepool line, that would make a big difference to times.
  5. owenrsmitchell

    owenrsmitchell Goalkeeper

    They should probably focus on making the service reliable first, ever since they got these 'new' trains in they seem to be cancelling services every day due to faults. Much prefer using GC to Virgin but I actually want my train to run so have stayed away from them recently
  6. nyron4england

    nyron4england Striker

    not sure how they would electrify it when heavy rail trains are AC and the metro is DC iirc
  7. andy

    andy Striker

    It's the bit inbetween that matters.
  8. Henners61

    Henners61 Full Back

    The 6.45 is my wake up call as it hurtles thru Seaton Carew tooting away on it tooter !!! (around 7.15 am)
  9. weebil64

    weebil64 Winger

    This is of course only in anticipation of the rise in passenger numbers following the construction of the new station at Horden.
  10. SPUFF

    SPUFF Striker

    Yes. The daily commute of traders/bankers from Horden to Canary Wharf.;)

    Love Grand Central me. 10minutes from house to station n roughly 2/3 of the price of trailing to durham or darlo. Often cheaper ie £26 ew around 11am. Friendly staff, trains improving, good legroom from day 1.
  11. PTR

    PTR Striker

    Kings Cross, until very recently, was an absolute shit tip. So I'm not sure I'd agree with you there

    Anyway, I get on at Hartlepool.
  12. Sam Handwich

    Sam Handwich Winger

    And yet we can't get to Durham
  13. Stubbs ftm

    Stubbs ftm Winger

    We need to get a rail connection with Durham back on
  14. AlpineExile

    AlpineExile Striker

    Tyne and Wear council built houses on the track, didn't they?
  15. Stubbs ftm

    Stubbs ftm Winger

    Don't think so, there's no such body as tyne and wear council?

    Take the line on from South Hylton through Penshaw on the leamside line?
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  16. forzamilansafc

    forzamilansafc Striker

    Yep, find it more comfortable and cheaper than virgineastcoast

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  17. Mallard

    Mallard Winger

    I much prefer travelling back home from london on Grand Central than Virgin Trains.
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  18. Boris Bear

    Boris Bear Striker

    It’s very reliable, I use it every week. They have to be as they’re on a fully commercial model
  19. HoxtonMackem

    HoxtonMackem Full Back

    As a fairly regular user of the trains from the NE to that London for the last couple of years I'd always preferred GC until recently.....constant delays/cancellations since the new year (they've been acquired by Arriva haven't they? Don't know if that's why)

    What's with the overhead shelving on their trains now anarl?! (they took their much roomier old HSTs out of service around xmas iirc) Can barely even fit a child sized backpack on it, nightmare if you have a big bag/case on a busy service and the racks & room between the seats are filled up.
  20. SPUFF

    SPUFF Striker

    How recent you talking mate. Used them weekly for a good 2/3 years no bother but only once a month recently (new trains).

    Thanks for that.

    If staying over I take a Mike Ashley case that I can bray into the overhead, hate leaving 30 foot away out of sight.

    Have you frequent lads ticked ‘receive info’ on your accounts? You get a 20% voucher after every trip. Saved me a grand last year I reckon.
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