Arriva acquires Grand Central Railway

04 November 2011

German owned Arriva today announced it has acquired UK open access operator Grand Central Railway which runs services between London and Sunderland, Hartlepool and Bradford.

The acquisition, for an undisclosed amount, adds to Arriva’s UK Trains portfolio of the CrossCountry, Arriva Trains Wales and Chiltern Railways franchises, and concessions to operate the Tyne and Wear Metro and (as a joint venture) London Overground operations.

Commenting on the takeover, ASLEF General Secretary Keith Norman said, ‘We are clearly seeing a major consolidation of Deutsch Bahn’s position in the UK rail industry.

‘I hope ASLEF members in Grand Central will see the delivery of greater investment and that passengers in the north east will gain more services.’

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