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12/14/2008 AT 08:32

More trains and faster journey times are the key ingredients of the new timetable, details of which were announced today.

Train services overall will increase by 30 percent following a £9bn upgrade of the key West Coast Main Line that links London with some of Britain's most important cities - Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, and Glasgow - as well as important tourist destinations such as North Wales and the Lake District.

The routes from Manchester and Birmingham to London Euston see train frequencies increased to every 20 minutes, comparable with many local commuter routes, and average journey times in the case of Manchester slashed to as little as 2h 05. The number of direct trains from London to Glasgow increases from nine to 13 per day while from 26 January Chester will be linked to the Capital by a train each hour. Liverpool receives extra peak period trains to and from Euston.

Further details of the new timetable are given in separate regional press releases, available on request.

Tony Collins, Virgin Rail Group's CEO said today: “The new West Coast timetable represents a huge opportunity for the industry following the £9bn upgrade by Network Rail. More seats and dramatically reduced journey times are huge wins for passengers but quite rightly we will all be judged on how well this railway will perform. The successful running of Europe's busiest main line railway is going to be a huge challenge for the train operators and Network Rail and, during the first few months as the timetable beds in, passengers' expectations may not always be fulfilled. I believe however that within six months we shall have a railway of which the nation can truly be proud.”

Passengers travelling at weekends and previously used to slow schedules will see some of the biggest changes as the weekday improvements will be carried over into Saturdays and Sunday afternoons. Those travelling after weekend breaks will, for example, enjoy 20 minute interval services between London and Birmingham through to mid-evening on Sundays.

Additional temporary parking spaces in Runcorn

Virgin Trains has opened a new temporary car park, near to Runcorn station providing parking for over 100 vehicles.

More car parking spaces for Oxenholme rail users

Virgin Trains, in partnership with Network Rail, will be increasing the number of car parking spaces at Oxenholme railway station by 46 spaces.

Liverpool depot expands to meet growing demand

More train services on the west coast main line and the prospect of longer trains in the near future has prompted Network Rail to invest £15m in brand new facilities at the Traincare Centre in Edge Hill, Liverpool.

Stoke-on-Trent company to produce china for Virgin

Virgin Trains is using Stoke-on-Trent based company Dudson Ltd to supply its Pendolino trains with china as part of the new First Class catering offer that will be introduced alongside the improved timetable this December.

Eco-friendly uniforms for Virgin Trains staff

All 3,000 Virgin Trains customer facing staff will be sporting a new look since Sunday 14 September following the delivery of a full and flexible uniform range.

Virgin Trains boards the Stagecoach

Virgin Trains has enlisted the help of Stagecoach to enable it to brief its staff on the changes being made as part of the new West Coast timetable in December.

More frequent usages get closer on the West Coast

Work to introduce over a third more services on the west coast main line and significantly cut journey times will be getting a massive boost over the August bank holiday weekend, and the days that follow, as Network Rail continues substantial improvement work along the route.

New customer facilities at Liverpool's station

Rail passengers using Lime Street station will be able to lounge in comfort next year thanks to a £3.4 million investment in the station by Network Rail, which is supported by Virgin Trains and Merseytravel.

Route improvement work on the West Coast Main Line

An intensive programme of route improvement work at various locations over two weeks from Saturday 23 August through to Sunday 7 September will mean extensive alterations to Virgin Trains services and includes WEEKDAY schedules.

Just a penny for around two miles...

The lowest cost for the single journey of almost 300 miles will be a mere £1, plus a booking fee of 50p that is the same whether the booking is for one person or more, so two people travelling together could go for a total of £2.50.

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