Up until the 2013/14 season, the Branch was able to provide regular train transport to Sunderland home games at discounted prices for around 50 members per game. Not only did this meant we had a great social travelling support, but we also spent around £20k per season supporting our Sunderland-based train company Grand Central.
However, following Arriva’s takeover of Grand Central, with whom we previously had a great working relationship, we have found GC are no longer willing to continue our relationship. The Branch have repeatedly tried to speak to relationship teams at GC, and have sent various letters to the CEO to simply request a conversation.
Sadly, we are still waiting for an acceptable response, and GC’s reluctance to keep our mutual relationship means that we have been unable to provide home travel for a while now. We will continue to try to engage with GC in the meantime, and hope to be able to provide home travel at some point in the future.
Our correspondence to and from Grand Central can be found below: