Virgin Trains East Coast will increase the number of services between London and Edinburgh from May 16.
The rail operator will add four new daily frequencies in each direction (one each way on Sunday), adding a total of 22,000 extra weekly seats on the route.
The move has been made possible by extending existing services currently starting and terminating at Newcastle – the new weekday services will be as follows:
- From London: departing 0615, 1030, 1330 and 1730
- From Edinburgh: departing 0900, 1300, 1600 and 1935
Tickets will go on sale on Friday February 19, and Virgin says it has released “thousands of £25 fares to celebrate 25 services a day from May 16”.
In other news Virgin has also extended the period during which it is possible to book tickets for future services (also known as the “booking horizon”), from 12 weeks to 24 weeks, allowing customers to plan and book further in advance.
Virgin Trains East Coast (a joint venture between Virgin Trains and Stagecoach) took over the InterCity East Coast franchise in March 2015.
The group has since begun a £21 million investment programme to refurbish its fleet of trains (see news January 21), and in December added new services from Sunderland and Stirling to London and between Hull and Doncaster (see news December 14, 2015).