Blackpool to London services



Plans to introduce new InterCity services between Blackpool North and London Euston are still firmly on track for introduction in Spring 2020. Due to circumstances beyond our control we have been unable to achieve our original aim of starting these services towards the end of 2019.

Rights to operate these new ‘open access’ services were sought originally by Alliance Rail Holdings on behalf of Great North Western Railway (GNWR), both of which are Arriva companies. These rights were granted by the Office of Rail and Road in its decision letter dated 7 June 2018.

To ensure successful service introduction the mobilisation project has now been transferred from Alliance Rail and GNWR to Grand Central, Arriva's existing open access operator. This will make best use of a larger pool of expertise and resources, although Alliance Rail will continue to support mobilisation. Please see the news item about Blackpool services on this site or, for more information, visit the Grand Central website at 

Grand Central will be recruiting drivers and on-board crew for its Blackpool traincrew hub. Train driver recruitment will begin soon. More information can be found at

To find out more about Grand Central, please visit, or follow the railway company on Twitter @GC_Rail, Facebook or LinkedIn.