12/15/2010 AT 08:30
Current tickets sales are up 10% compared with this time last year and, with a total of almost 300,000 already booked, sales are record breaking. Saturday 18th December is currently recorded as the busiest day to travel so far. Virgin Trains is also reporting a 17% increase in the number of tickets booked between London and Manchester. A close second with a 13% increase is the Euston to Birmingham / Wolverhampton route.
Jim Rowe, Senior Communications Manager at Virgin Trains says: “This Christmas period is particularly busy and we are urging everyone to book their tickets home as early as possible.”
Almost 94% of service on Britain's railway during September ran on time, with Chiltern Railways being the most punctual.
Alstom and Virgin Trains have unveiled a new look for one of the fifty-two high-speed tilting Pendolino trains serving the West Coast Main Line.
Britain's railway saw record punctuality in August 2010 with 94.2% of trains running on time. One train operator, c2c, recorded almost 99% of services on time – another new record.
A new car park for rail passengers using Warrington Bank Quay station opens on 4 September. Located a short walk from the station in Slutchers Lane, the car park, (car park 2), has 200 spaces.
Crewe and Preston have come top of an independent national poll of ticket buying facilities at rail stations. They were the only two stations managed by Virgin Trains surveyed in the research conducted by Passenger Focus.
The number of trains arriving on time hit a new record high for May with almost 94% of trains across the country arriving punctually.
Virgin Trains is today announcing the launch of a brand new ‘Small Groups product' to enable groups of three to eight people to travel together on the train for even less than before.
This week saw passengers on Virgin Trains able to relax and enjoy their journey even more with the option of free luxury hand massages on board. In partnership with lastminute.com teams of qualified beauty specialists walked the aisles on selected London to Manchester trains.
Virgin passengers have given a big thumbs up to the trains, staff and value for money for price of ticket, but they have made clear they desperately want to see the same standards at stations. These details are contained in the latest National Passenger Survey from rail watchdog Passenger Focus.
Romantic weekends away are top of the present list for the nation this upcoming Valentine's Day. With locations such as the Lake District and London amongst the most popular destinations for Virgin Trains passengers, tickets are selling fast.