Virgin Trains is preparing to introduce 35 additional services per week between London and Blackpool next month, following electrification of the route by Network Rail.
Launching on Monday, 21st May, ahead of Blackpool’s peak tourism season, the electric Pendolino services will strengthen connections to and from the city six days a week, providing eight direct services each weekday and six services on a Saturday. The move has been hailed as a “step change in connectivity” by tourism leaders and follows Virgin Trains’ move to reintroduce direct rail services to London back in 2014.
The extra weekday services between Blackpool North and London Euston (three northbound and three southbound) will also call at Rugby, Warrington Bank Quay, Wigan North Western and Preston.
In addition to five Saturday services between Blackpool and London (two northbound; three southbound), Virgin Trains is set to operate a service from Birmingham on Saturdays, offering the West Midlands a direct service to Blackpool for the first time in 15 years.
At Virgin Trains we’re really excited to be strengthening our links to and from Blackpool with our Pendolino trains. Since introducing a direct service between Blackpool and London over three years ago, journeys have continued to grow and we would like to thank the people of Blackpool for their support. We look forward to welcoming people on-board the new services when they launch and helping boost the local communities we serve along the route.
Peter Broadley, Executive Director at Virgin Trains
The boost in services will generate an additional 16,900 seats a week as the seaside resort welcomes three new major attractions – ICON (the UK’s first double launch rollercoaster); Project Elephant at Blackpool Zoo; and Marvel Super Heroes at Madame Tussauds.
Testing of the infrastructure is due to take place over the coming weeks in the run-up to the launch of the first services.
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