A YORK-based train company is hoping to extend its right to run services on the East Coast main line until 2026.

A 28-day public consultation on the application by Grand Central will run until September 2, 2013.

The company, which has its headquarters in Museum Street, York, is hoping to learn by the end of this year whether it will be able to run trains after its current permission expires in 2016.

In support of its application, Grand Central is proposing to put what it describes as “signficant investment” into improving its rolling stock, re-instating a disused platform at Hartlepool if Network Rail and other organisations approve, and improve car parking and passenger facilities at other stations.

Grand Central runs services between West Yorkshire, north-east England and York to London.

Responses to the consultation should be sent to Jonathan Cooper of Alliance Rail at jc@alliancerail.com by 5pm on September 2.