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Where will be spending Valentine's Day ?

02/13/2010 AT 05:53

New figures released by the leading West Coast rail provider, Virgin Trains, are shedding light on this years ‘hot' spots and it appears people are planning on boarding the train in their hordes to enjoy a spot of romance with 11,000 passengers already scheduled to step aboard on Sunday 14 February. Also enticing travellers with their metropolitan offerings are Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester.

Top locations for Valentine's Day on the Virgin Trains network this year are Manchester, Edinburgh, London, Lake District and Glasgow.

Says Jim Rowe, Senior Communications Manager at Virgin Trains: “With Valentine's Day falling on a Sunday this year we are delighted people are utilising this and embarking on long weekends away with their loved ones. With the trend for stay-cations still very strong, it is great to see people taking advantage of the beautiful locations on our doorstep, especially as they are now so easy to reach courtesy of frequent trains, shorter journey times and advance ticket fares.”

For the parents out there the next milestone on the agenda will be half-term and this too looks to be a busy time on the trains with Manchester, Glasgow and London amongst the top destinations. In fact Virgin Trains has already seen nearly 100,000 tickets sold for the upcoming February holiday. Jim Rowe continues: “As a parent myself I would advise anyone looking to go away for half-term to book as early as possible. I remember many school breaks feeling very long due to the challenges of having to entertain the children, and make our home seem like a fun and exciting place, when we would all rather be somewhere different for a week!”

Whether travelling with babies or older children Virgin Trains has an offering for everyone including the award winning VKidz bags and there is something to keep all the family entertained.

Praise for Virgin staff at award-winning stations

Staff at two Virgin Trains' stations have been praised for outstanding customer service by judges in the Cheshire Best Kept Stations awards.

Virgin Trains delivers its VHF promises

Passengers have flocked to Virgin Trains in record numbers in the first full year of the Virgin High Frequency (VHF) service. Under VHF, launched on 14 December 2008, Virgin Trains has carried 25.4 million customers, attracted by the 30 percent step-up in train frequency and faster journey times.

Timetable changes from 13 December

Following the introduction of a new West Coast timetable last year, there are relatively few changes this December with the basic pattern of service remaining the same.

More parking spaces at Wigan North Western station

The new multi-storey car park at Wigan North Western station will open on Monday 7 December. The expanded car park will provide an additional 135 parking spaces, making a total of 403 spaces available at the West Coast station.

More car parking spaces for Stafford station

Virgin Trains in partnership with Network Rail is doubling the number of car parking spaces available for rail passengers at Stafford station. When the new car park completed it will provide an additional 272 car parking spaces. The new 522-space car park is expected to be completed in late 2010.

Virgin delivers best ever train performance

Virgin Trains' West Coast rail franchise has just recorded its best ever train performance. In the four weeks ending 17 October 93.4 percent of trains arrived on time at their destination, beating the previous record of 91.3 percent in May 2006.

Penny the Pendolino makes one-and-a-half-million

A Virgin Trains' Pendolino tilting train, designed, built and maintained by Alstom, has become the first of the 52-strong fleet to clock up a million-and-a-half miles.

Megatrain.com offers thousands more rail seats

Budget train service megatrain.com has doubled the number of low-cost seats available on routes from Portsmouth and Southampton to London.

Cycle to work by train

Virgin Trains is to become one of the first flagship Bike ‘n' Ride train companies in the country following £1m joint funding from the Department for Transport and Cycling England.

More car parking spaces at Wolverhampton

The first phase of an expanded car park at Wolverhampton station is started. The car park will provide an additional 77 parking spaces, making a total of 477 spaces available at the West Midlands station.

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