Grand Union (train operating company)

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Grand Union
Franchise(s)Open access operator
Stations called at5
Parent companyIan Yeowart

Grand Union is a prospective open access operator which had originally propose to operate hourly services between London Paddington and Cardiff Central calling at Bristol Parkway, Severn Tunnel Junction and Newport. Cardiff Parkway would be added when it opens.[1][2] However, on the 10 July 2019, the proposal was withdrawn and replaced with a new application. The new plan is to run a 2-hourly service between Cardiff Central and London Paddington calling at the same stations from May 2021 including Cardiff Parkway, when it opens using Class 91's and Mark 4 carriages. From 2023, the service would be increased to hourly and extended to Llanelli calling at: Bridgend, Port Talbot Parkway, Neath, Swansea, Gowerton and Llanelli using 9-car Class 802's.[3] There is consideration for a potential further extension to Carmarthen.[4]

Headed by Ian Yeowart, who founded open access operators Alliance Rail Holdings and Grand Central before selling both to Arriva, it proposes to operate InterCity 225s initially but later plans to use Class 802's when the service is increased to hourly and extended. In March 2019 a track application was lodged with the Office of Rail & Road with operations proposed to commence in December 2020 but was withdrawn on the 10 July 2019 and replaced with a new application.[5][6]