Railways to our Core
At Grand Union we are passionate about Britain’s railways. We are committed to the traditional values of providing a high-quality customer service and comfortable journey experiences at a fair price.
Grand Union has been founded with the primary aim of providing a new customer-focused standard of train service, which challenges and changes the current passenger experience. By providing greater passenger choice through competition with existing franchise holders, new journey opportunities that in turn deliver wider economic benefits, and value for money for rail users and taxpayers, we are confident we can achieve this.
As an independent company, Grand Union has submitted its application for a passenger track access agreement requesting to operate a service on the Cardiff to London route. In August 2019, Grand Union resubmitted its application, proposing an extended service from Cardiff Central to Llanelli.
Grand Union has also advised the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) of its intention to operate a service between Stirling and London via the West Coast Main Line.
Llanelli to London
The Initial Route
The service is planned to start in 2021 with calling points of Cardiff Central, Newport, Severn Tunnel Junction and Bristol Parkway, then express to London Paddington. It will also stop at Cardiff Parkway when it opens.
Grand Union’s trains will cut the current average journey time between Cardiff and London by 20 minutes, with a target journey time of 1 hour 45 mins. Services will be operated by 125mph electric trains released from the flagship routes on the East Coast Main Line.
The Expanded Route
It is proposed to increase the frequency of this route to an hourly service in 2023, when the route would also expand from Cardiff Central to operate fast to Swansea and Llanelli, with no intermediate calls, with a target journey time to Swansea of 2 hours 30 mins to/from London Paddington. These services would be operated by a new fleet of Hitachi Class 802 bi-mode trains.
Stirling to London
This route is planned to start in May 2021 and will operate four times per day. Starting at Stirling it will call at Larbert, Greenfaulds (for Cumbernauld), Whifflet (for Coatbridge and Airdrie), Motherwell and Lockerbie in Scotland and in England at Carlisle, Preston, Crewe, Nuneaton and Milton Keynes, before terminating at London Euston.
The line will avoid the congested Edinburgh and Glasgow stations, giving passengers a faster service without any changes required. Electric trains will be used along the route, with a potential travelling speed of up to 125mph.
You can read more on the proposed Grand Union routes, including Working Local, All Aboard for a Relaxing Experience and A New Freight Service at the following links,
Llanelli to London – http://www.granduniontrains.co.uk/llanelli-to-london/
Stirling to London – http://www.granduniontrains.co.uk/stirlingtolondon/