New rail service will benefit train passengers

PA Library file photo dated 25/06/01 of a Virgin Pendolino train during testing. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday February 23, 2007. A "packed" train derailed in Cumbria tonight, with between six and eight passengers thought to be trapped in one of the carriages which slipped down an embankment. The 5.15pm Virgin service from London Euston to Glasgow Central - thought to be a Pendolino or tilting train - derailed near Little Docker Cottage, around the area of Grayrigg, near Kendal. The emergency services were called at 8.16pm. See PA Story ACCIDENT Train. Photo credit should read: Myung Jung Kim/ PA Wire.
PA Library file photo dated 25/06/01 of a Virgin Pendolino train during testing. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday February 23, 2007. A "packed" train derailed in Cumbria tonight, with between six and eight passengers thought to be trapped in one of the carriages which slipped down an embankment. The 5.15pm Virgin service from London Euston to Glasgow Central - thought to be a Pendolino or tilting train - derailed near Little Docker Cottage, around the area of Grayrigg, near Kendal. The emergency services were called at 8.16pm. See PA Story ACCIDENT Train. Photo credit should read: Myung Jung Kim/ PA Wire.
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Rail users travelling to London from Preston will benefit from a new service that has been given the green light.

Virgin Trains, that operate out of Preston train station announced that the Office of Rail Regulation have agreed to run direct services from Blackpool to London Euston, starting this December.

Lead Executive Phil Whittingham said: “It is an exciting time for everyone involved with Virgin Trains.

“With our extended franchise we are able to get back to doing what we do best, offering new journey opportunities whilst still delivering the same high standards of service to our customers.

“We have worked hard with our industry partners to gain the approval for these new services.

Special thanks must go to the ORR, Network Rail and the Department for Transport.

“We thank them all for this big vote of confidence.”

The Blackpool North to London Euston service will run Monday to Friday, starting on Monday, December 15, departing at 05:25 calling at Kirkham & Wesham, Poulton-le-Flyde, Preston, Wigan North Western, Warrington Bank Quay, Crewe and Nuneaton before arriving in London at 08:34.

The return service from London Euston departs at 16:33 and arrives back in Blackpool at 19:31.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Strong transport links are an important part of our long-term economic plan, which is why we are investing £38 billion over the next five years on maintaining and improving our railways.”