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A good but sporadic train service
Member Name: Burning_Darkness
Date: 18/06/10, updated on 18/06/10 (603 review reads)
Advantages: no connections, fast, reasonably priced, comfortable, punctual
Disadvantages: not enough trains running throughout the day, few stops along the way
Grand Central is a privately woned train service that runs along the lenght (but not breadth) of the UK, starting off in Glasgow and terminating in London King's Cross via Sunderland, Hartlepool, Thirsk, and York amongst ther locations. The service is very cheap by today's standards, with a trip costing £30-50 depending on the length of your journey. It's also very fast, due to the directness of the route and rarity of stops, and can get you across half the country in just 2 or 3 hours.
The trains themselves are smart and clean, and extremely punctual (which is refreshing to say the least) and are also comfortable and rarely crowded. The Grand Central website is also easy to use, allowing you to check traintimes and check for any disruptions,a s well as book tickets (although you can buy them on the train at no extra cost)
The ownsides to the serive are the small number of stops available, and most of all the irregularity of the trains, which run sporadicaly throughout the day, mening that depending on where you are you may not be able to get a train til 11.00 in the morning. The trains do run til reasonabl late, though, and the fact that there are no connections means thre is less chance of getting stuck/delayed, and also of course means less hassle.
A surprisingly good and generally reasonably priced service then, but more services are needed throughout the day.
Summary: good but with room for improvement
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