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Notification: Virgin Trains Media Room

Notification: Virgin Trains Media Room

News   •   Dec 07, 2019 23:52 GMT

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Virgin Trains says ‘Thank You’ as last train set to depart

Virgin Trains says ‘Thank You’ as last train set to depart

Press releases   •   Dec 07, 2019 10:00 GMT

Charities set to benefit as Virgin Trains waves goodbye to West Coast mainline. Rail enthusiasts and Virgin Trains employees bid for much sought after railway memorabilia, with train nameplate sales in excess of £130,000 to be donated to good causes

Virgin Trains lays on a special surprise for young railway fan Edan

Virgin Trains lays on a special surprise for young railway fan Edan

Press releases   •   Dec 07, 2019 08:00 GMT

A young train enthusiast was given a special surprise by Virgin Trains staff after his father penned an open letter to Sir Richard Branson about his son’s love for the railway operator.

Virgin Trains becomes first train operator to trial onboard 5G Wi-Fi

Virgin Trains becomes first train operator to trial onboard 5G Wi-Fi

Press releases   •   Dec 05, 2019 07:40 GMT

Virgin Trains has taken a step closer towards offering rail customers across the UK unrivalled onboard broadband speeds by trialling 5G connectivity on the West Coast Mainline.

​Virgin Trains helps 30 people out of homelessness and into work through coffee partnership

​Virgin Trains helps 30 people out of homelessness and into work through coffee partnership

Press releases   •   Nov 22, 2019 10:14 GMT

A partnership between Virgin Trains and a social enterprise has helped 30 people who have experienced homelessness into work as baristas.

Virgin Trains waves goodbye to the West Coast Mainline with all-star music video

Virgin Trains waves goodbye to the West Coast Mainline with all-star music video

Press releases   •   Nov 21, 2019 00:01 GMT

Virgin Trains has launched a tongue-in-cheek music video featuring founder Sir Richard Branson, celebrities from across two decades and a host of staff to wave goodbye to the West Coast Mainline, and celebrate its achievements as the UK’s longest running rail franchise.

New record set by Virgin Trains as passengers opt for rail over air

New record set by Virgin Trains as passengers opt for rail over air

Press releases   •   Nov 11, 2019 08:26 GMT

The number of people opting to travel on Virgin Trains’ Anglo-Scottish services instead of flying has reached record levels, contributing to a drop in carbon emissions. In the 12 months to July 2019, 29% of passengers chose to travel with Virgin Trains as opposed to flying between Glasgow and London, the UK’s second-busiest domestic air route.

WWII veteran receives surprise for Remembrance trip

WWII veteran receives surprise for Remembrance trip

Press releases   •   Nov 09, 2019 09:59 GMT

A 101-year-old Second World War veteran received a hero’s welcome from railway workers, Virgin Trains staff and military personnel at Preston station as he made the trip to London for the Festival of Remembrance.

Virgin Trains gets onboard with World Mental Health Day

Virgin Trains gets onboard with World Mental Health Day

Press releases   •   Oct 10, 2019 09:33 BST

This World Mental Health Day, Virgin Trains is introducing simple things that look after our mental health both onboard its services and at stations.

Virgin Trains to roll out more body worn cameras

Virgin Trains to roll out more body worn cameras

Press releases   •   Oct 07, 2019 08:30 BST

Virgin Trains are rolling out more body worn cameras for station staff and on-board teams to use after successfully introducing the scheme last year. After becoming the first UK train operator to provide the cameras to cover all its frontline teams, the train operator is equipping a further 250 of its people with cameras bringing the total to over 500.

Virgin Trains uniforms put to good use for the homeless

Virgin Trains uniforms put to good use for the homeless

Press releases   •   Sep 11, 2019 09:00 BST

Virgin Trains are to donate blankets, scarves and dog coats which have been made from old staff uniforms to the homeless. Garments which were originally coats, shell jackets, shirts, trousers and suits worn by Virgin Trains’ frontline have been given a new lease of life and will be distributed to those living on the streets in time for the winter months.

Railway fan becomes Virgin’s youngest train driver

Railway fan becomes Virgin’s youngest train driver

Press releases   •   Sep 09, 2019 11:15 BST

Virgin Trains welcomed its youngest ever train driver to its driving school in Crewe to give a train fan an unforgettable experience.

Rugby Team helps kick off Virgin Trains’ Manchester Pride celebrations

Rugby Team helps kick off Virgin Trains’ Manchester Pride celebrations

Press releases   •   Aug 24, 2019 09:30 BST

Virgin Trains kicked off its Manchester Pride celebrations with one of the world’s first gay rugby clubs, Manchester Village Spartans, at Manchester Piccadilly station as the Pride festivities get underway this Bank Holiday weekend.

Street art sessions served up at Stoke-on-Trent station

Street art sessions served up at Stoke-on-Trent station

Press releases   •   Aug 23, 2019 15:50 BST

Local artists descended on Stoke-on-Trent station to give rail travellers and passers-by a taste of The Big Feast 2019 – the city’s biggest outdoor Arts Festival, which takes place this weekend.

Virgin Trains gives the thumbs up to Stephen’s Story

Virgin Trains gives the thumbs up to Stephen’s Story

Press releases   •   Aug 20, 2019 09:00 BST

Virgin Trains auctions off a number Pendolino train nameplates with all proceeds going to Teenage Cancer Trust in honour of Stephen Sutton. A nameplate bearing Stephen's name is presented to his mother Jane.

Virgin Trains Statement

Virgin Trains Statement

Press releases   •   Aug 14, 2019 09:04 BST

Virgin Trains commit to working closely with First Trenitalia to ensure a smooth transition to the new West Coast Partnership in December.

Virgin Trains gets behind The Big LEGO® Brick Hospital

Virgin Trains gets behind The Big LEGO® Brick Hospital

Press releases   •   Aug 09, 2019 06:00 BST

Virgin Trains' Runcorn Station played host to The Big LEGO® Brick Hospital, inviting customers to buy a brick for £1 as part of The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity’s campaign is aim to raise £500,000 towards a new cancer hospital for the North West region.

Raffle at Stockport Station to raise funds for homeless dogs’ charity

Raffle at Stockport Station to raise funds for homeless dogs’ charity

News   •   Jul 31, 2019 16:00 BST

A stay at an exclusive resort in Switzerland, signed football shirts and a pair of First-Class tickets on Virgin Trains, are just some of the prizes to be won in a raffle being held at Stockport station in aid of a charity for homeless dogs.

Virgin Trains offers 100% digital tickets

Virgin Trains offers 100% digital tickets

Press releases   •   Jul 30, 2019 08:40 BST

Virgin Trains has become the first train operator to offer 100 percent of its ticket types digitally.

Virgin Trains and Cherry Healey launch ‘Train Jotting’ to help children reimagine train travel

Virgin Trains and Cherry Healey launch ‘Train Jotting’ to help children reimagine train travel

Press releases   •   Jul 17, 2019 14:50 BST

New initiative aims to set young people’s imaginations alight by encouraging them to design the train journey of their dreams