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.
The Department for Transport will negotiate with Virgin Rail Group for them to continue providing rail services on the West Coast Main Line for a temporary period.
Virgin Trains is urging passengers to book their tickets for travel over the Christmas period as soon as possible to secure the best prices and to ensure they have reserved seats during this very busy travel time.
The department for transport has confirmed it will negotiate with Virgin Rail Group for them to continue providing rail services on the West Coast Main Line for a temporary period. The current franchise is due to expire on December 9th after which it is the government’s intention that Virgin remain as operator for a short period.
For commuters feeling the stresses and strains of the daily work life balance, help will be on hand at Stafford station next week when a collection of animals will be on duty to provide therapeutic calm and peace as travellers arrive and depart.
Virgin Trains released provisional information on Christmas and New Year train timetables to allow customers to start planning their journeys in good time.
Virginia Railway Express Chairman Wally Covington announced the appointment of Doug Allen as the agency’s Chief Executive Officer, after he was ratified by both transportation commissions, NVTC and PRTC.
Virgin Trains backed the decision by the Transport Select Committee to hold a hearing into the West Coast rail franchise competition.
UK transport minister Theresa Villiers has been forced to postpone the signing of a new franchise agreement on the West Coast Mainline following a legal challenge from Virgin Trains. The department for transport had announced it intended to award the InterCity West Coast franchise to First West Coast, a subsidiary of First Group, on August 15th.
Despite the Department for Transport(DfT) and Transport Minister, Justine Greening claiming that Virgin only started challenging the process once they had lost the Bid for the West Coast rail franchise, records show this not to be the case.
Virgin Rail Group (VRG) today challenged FirstGroup(FG) CEO Tim O’Toole to ‘come clean’ on his company’s commitments for the West Coast Main Line franchise after a series of contradictory and unclear statements made to City analysts and MPs.
Tim O’Toole, CEO of FirstGroup, has publicly criticised Virgin Trains’ performance citing the Public Performance Measure (PPM), which measures the number of trains arriving on time, as evidence to support his claims that FirstGroup would operate West Coast better.