Open access rail operator Grand Central has unveiled £21million in investments for new trains on a route that will serve Milton Keynes.

The rail operator made the announcement of its first refurbishments ahead of starting its routes later this year.

The operator will run five trains a day seven days a week between London Euston and Blackpool North, with Milton Keynes Central one of the stations served along the way.

Under the service plans, MK will be served by all trains on Saturday and Sunday, as well as all northbound trains on weekdays, with two southbound services skipping the stop.

To run its services, the operator has leased 5 locomotives and 24 coaches, which are being reprofiled from other lines and are being refurbished ahead of the full Grand Central service launch.

Paul Batty, Fleet Project Manager for Grand Central, said, “We are incredibly proud of the work that has been done to bring our new fleet of rolling stock to fruition, starting with our first locomotive ready to begin driver training in a couple of weeks’ time.

“It’s taken a lot of planning and a considerable team effort to get to this stage and it’s fantastic that our customers will soon be able to see our refurbished Grand Central trains in operation.”

This is Grand Central’s third route to be used. The operator currently runs two services out of London King’s Cross station, with routes running from the capital to Bradford and Sunderland.

Grand Central will be the 4th operator serving Milton Keynes Central. The station is primarily served by Avanti West Coast and London North Western services, while Southern Rail also runs a service from the city to East Croydon.