23 MAY 2016
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A new timetable from Virgin Trains with 42 additional trains connecting London and Edinburgh every week entered service last Monday as part of a £140m investment programme on the East Coast route.
The rail company says the move adds 22,000 seats to the weekly capacity, and means there is a near-half-hourly service between the capitals.
Virgin said it has already seen bookings for journeys across the border increase by 15% compared with the same period last year after announcing the increased services.
The uplift was welcomed by Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell, who launched the new timetable in Edinburgh.
“Good connectivity between London and Scotland is vital for our economic security, so this improved Virgin service is really good news,” he said.
“More trains make it easier for Scottish businesses to reach customers and markets right across the UK.
“These new services will also bring more people to Scotland, helping to boost jobs and prosperity.”
Also on Monday, Virgin Trains launched free wi-fi for passengers who book on its website and a new First Class menu overseen by British chef and TV presenter James Martin.
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