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Virgin Trains has welcomed the Government's plans

01/20/2009 AT 07:47

Since 2004 Virgin Trains has dramatically increased the number of trains on both the Manchester and Birmingham routes from one an hour to three an hour, and significantly reduced journey times. Now almost 100 trains a day are operated on each of the Birmingham and Manchester routes.

Virgin Trains Chief Executive Tony Collins said: "It is great news that having seen the evidence of train operators success in taking on the airlines, the Government is taking bold steps to develop the UK's rail network and encouraging people to use rail to and from international airports. The long distance train operators have a track record for offering a real alternative to domestic flights, and Virgin Trains has demonstrated the benefits of rail in taking many thousands of passengers off domestic airlines. Completion of a rail link will also take thousands of cars a year off the roads."

"Virgin Trains is already winning round one of the battle with domestic airlines - turning a 30% share of the city-to-city air/rail market on the Manchester-London route five years ago, into an 80% share today. On the Liverpool-London route, the airline took flight and abandoned the domestic route altogether. Now a new high speed line serving Heathrow gives the prospect of fighting round two."

Virgin Trains will look at the government proposals in detail with a view to continuing involvement in high speed rail travel in the UK.

Route improvement work on West Coast Main Line

Virgin Trains is warning customers travelling to Cumbria and Scotland during the first half of 2009 that on many weekends journeys will be affected by route improvement work.

Christmas and New Year services on Virgin Trains

Virgin Trains is reminding passengers to check train times and book seats in plenty of time as services around the holiday period on all their routes are likely to be very busy.

Britain leads Europe with most frequent IC

The new Virgin Trains' timetable from 14 December represents “the most frequent long-distance inter-city service in Europe”, according to Brendan Fox, Editor of Thomas Cook's European Timetable.

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.

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