2 APRIL 2012

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Article from BTNews 2 APRIL 2012

Stretch for Virgin Trains

Longer trains are set to enter service with Virgin Trains, providing 150 extra Standard seats on some of the busiest services on the West Coast Main Line.  These will initially work services on the London to Birmingham route, but as more 11-coach trains come into service they will also operate some of the busiest trains on the Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow routes.  By the end of April they are expected to be running on over 30 services every weekday.

Tony Collins, Virgin Trains Chief Executive Officer said: “Working closely with the Department for Transport we are delighted to be bringing more capacity on to our services.  We have listened to feedback from our customers, staff and stakeholders and are putting the longer trains into service where the extra seats are needed the most.  The lengthened Pendolinos will provide 589 seats, with over 440 being provided for Standard customers, an increase of over 50% in the number of Standard seats.”

Passengers in North Wales saw more capacity provided on Virgin Trains services from Holyhead/Chester – London last year and this will continue to be provided on the route with the busiest trains continuing to be formed of 10 coaches. www.virgintrains.co.uk

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