Virgin Trains to offer additional London-Manchester service

7 Jul 2011 by BusinessTraveller

The rail operator is reacting to increased demand for its evening services from London to Manchester by adding an additional train on Thursday evenings.

The new service will depart London Euston at 1857 from this evening (July 7), mirroring an additional service added on Friday evenings. The train will offer standard class seating only, and will call at Crewe at 2033, arriving in Manchester Piccadilly at 2117.

Virgin Trains’ COO Chris Gibb said that the Friday service, added in December last year, “has had a very positive effect in reducing crowding”, adding that “Increasingly we are now seeing similar issues on Thursdays, so we have moved to provide extra seats on that day too”.

Note that the service will initially not be shown in timetables or reservation databases, but “will be loaded into industry systems at the earliest possible opportunity”. Off-peak ticket holders will be eligible to use the new service.

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Report by Mark Caswell

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