Virgin Trains had around 3, employees in The Virgin Trains brand was also used on the legally and operationally separate Virgin Trains East Coast from until , and previously on Virgin CrossCountry , which operated between and The contract expired on 7 December having been originally scheduled for expiry in March and Virgin did not contest retaining the franchise after its joint venture partner Stagecoach was disqualified due to an invalid bid in April Virgin Trains' franchise was due to expire in March
I'm planning a visit to Manchester from London , and would like to ask if I should pre-book the Virgin Train from London to Manchester and return in advance? The downside however is that most probably you are stuck with the times you booked some tickets allow a fixed out and flexible return, you need to read the small print. If you need flexibility, try to travel in off peak hours when there are some off peak tickets which allow flexibility and cost less than the top price tickets. Well, the UK's once-unified rail structure British Rail , has been split into many different companies. Some run trains, some provide information, some maintain track and others look after the stations.
Virgin Trains says it has permanently removed all peak-hour restrictions to trains that travel on Friday afternoons from London Euston station. It said the decision was made to ease overcrowding on Friday evening off-peak trains to destinations such as Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool. Passengers on off-peak trains are often forced to stand for hours in order to avoid paying much higher peak fares. Customers can now choose to travel any time in the afternoon, and they will be charged off-peak ticket prices.
We travel occasionally between Crewe and the city of Chester in Cheshire, a journey that usually Virgin no longer run this service. It is now run by Avanti. I travelled First Class from London to