Grand Central has announced plans to introduce up to two further daily services between London and West Yorkshire.

The train operator, which currently runs trains between Bradford Interchange and London, is hoping the major expansion will significantly improve connectivity between stations in West Yorkshire and the capital city.

The proposals have now been submitted to the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) while consultations within the rail industry have now started.

Subject to approval, Grand Central said the new services are targeted for launch as early as May 2025.

The increased frequency of return services would bring the total amount of Grand Central trains to six every day.

That equates to 360,000 extra seats per year and a 50 per cent growth on its West Yorkshire services, Grand Central said.

There will also be an enhanced North East route, where there’s an additional early morning departure from York to London Kings Cross and a late-evening return service.

Building on previous changes, some of the new services will include additional stops at Peterborough.

Sean English, chief operating officer of Grand Central, said: “These proposed additional services are a significant step forward in Grand Central’s long term strategic development.

“We are confident that expanding our operations will not only benefit our existing customers but also attract new passengers and stimulate growth in key markets.

“We believe these proposals are essential to providing customer choice within the rail industry and strengthening connections between communities and businesses.

“By offering competitive fares and the high standards of service our customers value, we aim to make train travel the most attractive and affordable option for travellers up and down the country.

“Grand Central is confident that the ORR and the wider rail industry will share their vision for this exciting expansion plan.”