This from Grand Central's web site. watch and enjoy
On Friday morning, 4th November, Tom Clift ...
This has to be good news for us in that it will provide us with greater "clout" within the industry. The main strength of the deal is that it will enable the Company to be developed to the next level by having greater resources available to help us in that cause. Arriva believe the open access model has real potential and can complement their franchises and concessions. Their wider operational and marketing expertise can help make this business a great success. Conversely, the Grand Central team brings with it further expertise which can inform Arriva's future open access proposals.
GC will continue to be a self contained Company based in York and will continue to be lead by me as MD. I will report to Bob Holland, MD of Arriva's UK Trains division. It will be very much "Business as usual" going forward.
The under-performing Wrexham and Shropshire Company got the chop under the aegis of Deutsche Bahn, so you have to wonder. "Informed sources" suggest that the Kings Cross to Hartlepool and Sunderland service ...
The buffet is stocked almost exclusively with products manufactured in the North ...
So the key question is this: will corporate ownership, enforced group targets, ruthless financial control etc. etc. begin to undermine the cosy, almost folksy, family atmosphere generated by the staff?
It would be sad, indeed, to see that dedicated personal commitment evaporate under "big management". Tom Clift suggests that it will remain a Northward looking "family" operation. fbb really hopes so!
P.S. Do the HSTs still set off the fire alarms at Sunderland?
Next blog : due Monday November 7th