25 MAY 2020


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Article from BTNews 25 MAY 2020

Long-distance UK train journeys

This is a brief summary of the situation on 20 May, reflecting a major decrease in the country’s normal long-distance train services.

Most operators do not offer any form of catering.  Do check.

The websites of the five domestic long-distance train operators are all helpful, with journey planners and usually a downloadable timetable.

Few give a summary of the service they are running, but most reiterate government advice on not travelling.

Some give the date they were last updated – helpful!

See also GB airport station usage data.

Avanti West Coast Mainline (formerly Virgin Trains)

Runs every half hour between Euston and Manchester and Euston and Birmingham. There are trains every hour to Wolverhampton, Liverpool, Glasgow and Preston.

Caledonian Sleeper

Caledonian Sleeper offers a single service in both directions from Euston to Edinburgh and Glasgow plus Inverness stopping at Crewe, Preston and various Scottish stations.

Cross Country by Arriva
Runs hourly trains on their Manchester – Reading, Bristol – Newcastle, Birmingham – Leicester and Nottingham – Birmingham routes.

EMR – East Midlands Railway
Runs every half hour between St Pancras and Sheffield and St Pancras and Nottingham.

Running one train a day non-stop between London and Brussels and London and Paris.

GWR – Great Western Railway
Runs trains every hour between Paddington and Bristol, Cardiff, Swansea, Worcester, Cheltenham and Plymouth.  Cornwall is very limited and no flights either.

LNER – London North Eastern Railway
Operates trains every hour between King’s Cross and Edinburgh and King’s Cross and Leeds, with additional trains to places such as Lincoln. They say you must reserve your seat.


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