New train services

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Virgin East Coast

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For many of us, yesterday was the beginning of the new May rail timetable. Usually they contain little that is news. Timetables altering by a minute or two don’t really matter.

But over the last few years, May has meant quite important and newsworthy features. Last year it was the increase of services to the seaside resort of Aberystwyth where there is an hourly service for many parts of the day instead of the two hourly one.

This year has followed that trend. Virgin Trains East Coast has introduced an additional 42 London-Edinburgh services every week, adding 22,000 seats. It will now operate virtually a half-hourly service between the two capitals. In addition it has introduced free wifi for every passenger who books through the Virgin Trains website.

From next weekend there will be an hourly service between Matlock and Newark via Nottingham on Saturdays provided by East Midlands Trains.  It will also reintroduce Sunday services from Leicester to Cleethorpes for the summer period until 11 September. On Merseyrail, Additional services will run between Liverpool Central and Southport every Sunday between 15 May and 25 September enabling more to travel to the seaside resort.  Again, over the summer, GWR will run additional trains between London Paddington and Exeter St Davids, London Paddington and Oxford and also between St Erth and St Ives.

The usual four non-stop Gatwick Express services will now run each hour between Gatwick Airport and London Victoria but two of these will be extended to Brighton in the off peak.

Arriva Trains Wales is increasing the number of trains linking North Wales to Manchester Airport by forty additional services which should help relieve congestion on the local roads in the peak periods.

From 2018, ScotRail has announced that there will be more services for Tayside, Stirlingshire, Perthshire and Aberdeenshire. There will also be increased peak capacity across Fife and the Borders and the planned 200 extra services will provide an additional 20,000 seats.

It isn’t all good news though. The strike this Wednesday on Southern is still scheduled meaning the 465,000 people who, on average use their services each day, may need to be patient and play sardines, stay at home or find another travel route!

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