More than 1,750 seats a day will be provided on additional Pendolino trains for Glasgow when a new timetable is introduced on the West Coast Main Line. Two extra Glasgow services will be introduced in each direction from Monday 10 December to deliver a train every hour for the first time.
Carlisle and Penrith North Lakes will also be served by the additional trains and Oxenholme The Lake District gains one more London train in each direction.
The new daily total of 15 Pendolino tilting trains each way represents a doubling of the number of weekday services between Glasgow Central and London Euston since 1997.
Karen Hattie, General Manager for Virgin Trains in Scotland and Cumbria, said: “Overall passenger numbers have more than doubled on our routes. Demand for travel between Glasgow, Cumbria and London has grown steadily since the last big timetable improvement in 2008-9. The extra capacity from December will provide a great opportunity for even more passengers to enjoy the service.”
Glasgow and Cumbrian stations will gain more trains as a result of the extension along 171 miles to and from Glasgow of trains that currently only run over the 230 miles of the route south of Lancaster.
After an initial departure at 05:39 as now, Pendolinos will leave London Euston for Glasgow at 30 minutes past every hour from 07:30 to 19:30 (plus an off-pattern departure at 16:57). Currently on most dates the 10:30, 12:30 and 14:30 trains from London only run as far as Lancaster, but from 10 December will be extended to Glasgow daily.
Departures will be one an hour from Glasgow Central at 30 to 40 minutes past the hour from 05:40 to 18:40 after an initial train at 04:28. Currently there are gaps of two hours without London trains after the departures at 14:40 and 16:40.