Posts Tagged ‘ Virgin trains ’

Saturday snippets: 3rd November 2018

Nov 3rd, 2018 | By
image of Virgin West Coast trains

The largest statue in the world, removing travel restrictions on Virgin Trains on Friday afternoons, changing Turkish visa restrictions and a new fare structure at Thomas Cook are just some of the stories that Adrian looks at this week.

Saturday snippets: 4th February 2017

Feb 4th, 2017 | By

Security concerns at Cambeltown Airport, taxes, sales and St Bernard’s seem to be to the fore this week. Luckily it is time for the comedy festivals to come along and cheer me up!

Sign up for the Christmas card record.

Oct 12th, 2016 | By
hige Christmas card for Guiness Book of Record attempt

The card has space for 20,923 signatures and will be travelling around the Midlands and London over the next couple of months in an attempt to fill up all the spaces.

Customer experience in travel

Sep 28th, 2016 | By
image of an Emirates flight

In the annual customer experience survey published by KPMG Nunwood, the travel and hospitality industry doesn’t come out of it as well as it should.

Congratulations Benjamin Kaube

Jul 29th, 2016 | By

According to the Evening Standard in London, the Imperial College PhD student became so annoyed with the complexity of getting refunds from rail companies that he has built his own app.

New train services

May 16th, 2016 | By

For many of us, yesterday was the beginning of the new May rail timetable. Usually they contain little that is news.


Feb 4th, 2016 | By

Parts of Cumbria, Lacashire, Yorkshire and Scotland were flooded before and after Christmas. Most parts weren’t. Will we holiday tere this half-term and Easter?

How I learnt to hate trains

Nov 22nd, 2015 | By

I have just had two days of hell and all due to the weather , imbeciles, trains and those that organise our travelling life.

Saturday snippets: 10th October 2015

Oct 10th, 2015 | By

Curries and chocolate may dominate next week but Adrian also looks at airline seat design and coach visits to Rome.

The fun of train travel

Feb 13th, 2014 | By

On Tuesday I travelled from Carmarthen to Manchester by train. It’s a popular line and the trains get busy. But with all the rain and wind we have had recently, it’s become a bit of lottery.

Of airports and trains, politicians and brains…

Aug 28th, 2012 | By

This morning the Transport Secretary, Justine Greening has gathered media coverage by the shedload. Firstly she suggested that the appointment of First Group to run the west coast rail line would go ahead and secondly that there would be no u-turn on a third runway at Heathrow.

Rail Confusion

Aug 25th, 2012 | By

Amid all the brouhaha about Virgin Trains losing the west coast line rail franchise and First Group winning it, not much has been said about what is best for the traveller.

The government will say that by accepting the highest tender, it has gained the best deal for the taxpayer. Virgin argues that it has performed a good reliable service since it won.

My Virgin Trains’ Moan

Aug 5th, 2011 | By

Starving after a long hard day of meetings in Edinburgh, for which I had left my house at 5am that morning, I got on the train in Edinburgh back to Crewe. I knew it was going to be a long, hard day, so had deliberately booked into first class – that way, I could sit back, relax and enjoy a hot meal and a drink and reflect over the days events in peace.Couldn’t I?

Edinburgh by First Class Rail

Aug 5th, 2011 | By

This is not my normal method of travel. Second class suits me fine usually but there were two reasons why I wanted to do this trip. The first is that East Coast re-launched their first class service in May promising all sorts of things and, secondly, I found a first class fare for £25 each way from Kings Cross. Is the service worth it? And how easy is it to get £25 tickets? How is to compared to other train providers?

Fairer fares from Wrexham and Shropshire

Mar 26th, 2009 | By

Starting the 30 March, one rail company is introducing standard fares. The price charged for peak fares which is often significantly above those available later in the day has gone. Regardless of what time of the day you travel the fares will be the same price.Such is the claim from the newish company, Wrexham & Shropshire which operates trains from Wrexham, Shrewsbury and Telford in to London. The price will be £53 return from Wrexham and £40 from Shrewsbury and Telford. And these prices will
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