Grand Central will receive the specialised materials, parts, technical and engineering support needed to maintain its fleet of 10 class 180s from Alstom, which originally built the trains to First Great Western.

The support team for the fleet will be based at Alstom’s Chester Traincare Centre and will then co-locate with the Grand Central fleet operations team at its east coast maintenance location in late 2018.

Grand Centrail Railway currently operates five Class 180 trains between London King’s Cross and Yorkshire and the north east but in 2017 will expand its fleet to 10 trains.