Coronavirus: Grand Central suspends rail services after lockout


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The company had previously implemented a reduced schedule to support key workers

A railway company has suspended all services due to the continued impact of the coronavirus lockout.

Grand Central, which connects London’s King’s Cross to Yorkshire and the northeast, used its last trains earlier.

The company said it operates a reduced schedule “to keep key employees on the move.”

But it came with the costs of running a service “while bringing in no ticket revenue.”

“This situation is not sustainable and, after several days of discussions with the Ministry of Transport (DfT), we have no choice but to suspend our services,” said general manager Richard McClean.

“People who absolutely need to travel, according to government restrictions, can use their Grand Central ticket to travel on the services of other train companies. “

A spokesperson for the Department of Transport said that, in accordance with his support for all businesses, he would work with the business to “get back on the network” when the closure was lifted.

“Grand Central has decided to suspend services and hibernate the company to protect their financial viability during this period of reduced passenger numbers,” he added.

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Hull Trains said it had cut all of its services on Sunday due to “unprecedented circumstances” created by the coronavirus pandemic.

The company said passenger numbers have “dropped considerably” since the government took office.

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