Virgin Trains

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390018 at Crewe railway station.jpg
Franchise(s): InterCity West Coast
9 March 1997 – 31 March 2012
Cross-Country
5 January 1997 – 10 November 2007 (originally 2012)
Main route(s): London - Scotland,
London - West Midlands,
London - North West
Other route(s): London-North Wales,
West Midlands - Scotland
Fleet size: 53 Pendolino sets
21 Super Voyager sets
16 British Rail Class 57/3 diesel locomotives
Stations called at: 42
Stations operated: 17
National Rail abbreviation: VT
Parent company: Virgin Group / Stagecoach Group
Web site: www.virgintrains.co.uk

Virgin Trains is a train operating company in the United Kingdom. They run trains from London Euston to the North West, West Midlands and Scotland on the West Coast Main Line. Before 11 November 2007, they also ran trains linking the south and south-west of England with the north of England through Manchester and Scotland, through Birmingham. Although it is branded as part of the Virgin Group, Virgin's share in the company is only 51%, with the remaining 49% owned by Stagecoach.

New trains[change | change source]

A Virgin Trains 'Virgin Voyager' train at Banbury railway station in the year 2004.

Their first trains, formerly owned by British Rail, were very old and broke down a lot, but were replaced by new ones in 2002.


Current Services[change | change source]

The first Class 390 Pendolino No. 390001 'Virgin Pioneer' arrives at Watford Junction.

Euston-West Midlands[change | change source]

Route Calling At Main Stock
XX:03 London Euston-Birmingham New Street Rugby, Coventry, Birmingham International. Peak services extend to/from Sandwell & Dudley or Wolverhampton. Pendolino
19:03 Birmingham New Street to London Euston Birmingham International, Coventry, Rugby, Northampton, Milton Keynes Central, Watford Junction. Pendolino
04:03 Birmingham New Street to London Euston Birmingham International, Coventry, Rugby, Northampton, Milton Keynes Central. Pendolino
XX:43 London Euston-Birmingham New Street Watford Junction, Coventry and Birmingham International. Peak services extend to/from Sandwell & Dudley or Wolverhampton. Two daily services operate to/from Shrewsbury. Pendolino

A handful of Birmingham terminators are operated by Super Voyagers.

Euston-Manchester[change | change source]

Route Calling At Main Stock
XX:00 London Euston-Manchester Piccadilly Stoke-on-Trent, Macclesfield, Stockport Pendolino
XX:20 London Euston-Manchester Piccadilly Milton Keynes, Stoke-on-Trent, Stockport Pendolino
XX:40 London Euston-Manchester Piccadilly Crewe, Wilmslow, Stockport Pendolino

The three-trains-an-hour plan had a knock-on effect on local services in the Manchester area; a number of peak-period local trains were axed, a matter which caused some controversy.[1]

The 06:40 service between London Euston and Manchester Piccadilly calls at Stafford, Stoke-on-Trent, Stockport and Manchester Piccadilly.

The 16:40 service between London Euston and Manchester Piccadily calls at Stoke-on-Trent, Stockport and Manchester Piccadilly.

The 18:40 service calls at Stafford, Stoke-on-Trent, Macclesfield, Stockport and Manchester Piccadilly.

There are only three services between Euston and Manchester Piccadilly that go via Birmingham New Street, these are:

The 07:00 service calling at Coventry, Birmingham International, Birmingham New Street, Sandwell & Dudley (only some call here), Wolverhampton, Crewe, Wilmslow, Stockport and Manchester Piccadilly.

The 16:20 service calling at Milton Keynes Central, Coventry, Birmingham International, Birmingham New Street, Sandwell & Dudley (only some call here), Wolverhampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Stockport and Manchester Piccadilly.

The 06:40 service calling at Coventry, Birmingham International, Birmingham New Street, Sandwell & Dudley (only some call here), Stoke-on-Trent, Macclesfield, Stockport and Manchester Piccadilly.

Euston-Liverpool[change | change source]

Route Calling At Main Stock
XX:07 London Euston-Liverpool Lime Street Stafford, Crewe, Runcorn, Pendolino

Average travel time for the whole journey was reduced from 2 hours 30 minutes to less than 2 hours 15 minutes.

Additionally the 08:37 service from Liverpool Lime Street to London Euston calls at Runcorn and London Euston.

The 17:37 service between London Euston and Liverpool Lime Street calls at Crewe and London Euston.

The 08:07 service between London Euston and Liverpool Lime Street calls at Crewe, Runcorn and Liverpool Lime Street.

The 17:07 service from Liverpool Lime Street to London Euston calling at Runcorn, Crewe, Stafford, Nuneaton and London Euston.

Euston-Preston/Glasgow[change | change source]

Route Calling At Main Stock
XX:30 London Euston-Glasgow Central Warrington Bank Quay, Wigan North Western, Preston, Lancaster, Oxenholme Lake District/Penrith(alternating), Carlisle. One train on Monday-Friday operates to/from Blackpool North. Pendolino
16:30 London Euston-Glasgow Central Preston. Pendolino
17:46 Monday-Fridays London Euston-Preston Tamworth, Lichfield Trent Valley, Stafford, Crewe, Warrington Bank Quay, Wigan North Western Pendolino

A handful of Lancaster terminators are operated by Super Voyagers.

Additional peak services start/terminate at Crewe/Preston/Carlisle/Lancaster/Wigan North Western and additional services to/from Edinburgh Waverley go via the Trent Valley Line.

The 17:30 service between London Euston and Glasgow Central calls at Preston, Lancaster, Oxenholme Lake District, Carlisle, Motherwell and Glasgow Central.

The 06:30 service between London Euston and Glasgow Central calls at Warrington Bank Quay, Wigan North Western, Preston and Glasgow Central.

The 05:43 service between London Euston and Crewe calls at Stafford and Crewe.

The 15:43 service between London Euston and Crewe runs non-stop.

The 17:43 service between London Euston and Crewe calls at Milton Keynes Central, Rugby, Stafford and Crewe.

London-Edinburgh/Glasgow[change | change source]

A Map of Virgin Trains Services showing the off-peak service pattern each hour.
Route Calling At Main Stock
XX:20 London Euston/Birmingham New Street-Glasgow Central/Edinburgh Waverley/Carlisle Milton Keynes, Coventry, Birmingham International, Birmingham New Street, Sandwell & Dudley, Wolverhampton, Crewe, Warrington Bank Quay, Wigan North Western, Preston, Lancaster, Oxenholme Lake District/Penrith(alternating), Carlisle, Glasgow Central or via Haymarket and Edinburgh Waverley. Peak services start and terminate at Carlisle or Preston or Crewe or Lancaster or Wigan North Western. SuperVoyager or Pendolino

Additonally the 06:50 service between Birmingham New Street and Crewe calls at Sandwell & Dudley, Wolverhampton, Stafford and Crewe.

Additionally the 18:43 service between London Euston and Crewe calls at Milton Keynes Central, Coventry, Birmingham International, Birmingham New Street, Sandwell & Dudley, Wolverhampton, Stafford and Crewe.

Euston-Chester/North Wales[change | change source]

Route Calling At Main Stock
XX:10 London Euston-Chester Milton Keynes, Crewe. SuperVoyager
XX:10 (6 to Holyhead, 3

to Bangor)

London Euston-Holyhead/Bangor Milton Keynes, Crewe, Chester, Flint, Prestatyn, Rhyl, Colwyn Bay, Llandudno Junction, Bangor (3 terminating here) and Holyhead (6 terminating here). On weekdays there is one train between Birmingham New Street-Holyhead and Bangor. SuperVoyager
17:10 northbound, 07:00 southbound London Euston - Wrexham General Milton Keynes, Nuneaton, Crewe, Chester. SuperVoyager
08:50 Saturdays Only London Euston- Holyhead Watford Junction, Milton Keynes, Crewe, Rhyl, Colwyn Bay, Llandudno Junction, Bangor. SuperVoyager

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Preceded by
InterCity
As part of British Rail
Operator of Cross-Country franchise
1997 — 2007
Succeeded by
CrossCountry
Operator of InterCity West Coast franchise
1997 — 2012
Incumbent


Preceded by
First Transpennine Express
Train Operator of the Year
2007
Succeeded by
Incumbent