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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.

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

Railway worker stages award-winning play at Stockport station

Railway worker stages award-winning play at Stockport station

Press releases   •   Jul 11, 2019 09:00 BST

A Virgin Trains employee is to perform an award-winning play at Stockport station, as part of Greater Manchester Fringe.

Virgin Trains works with local charity to help remove barriers

Virgin Trains works with local charity to help remove barriers

Press releases   •   Jul 03, 2019 09:25 BST

Virgin Trains joins forces with Wishing Well on a trip designed to help remove barriers to travelling by train for vulnerable young adults.

Virgin Trains to showcase Red Carpet and Group Travel at business exhibition

Virgin Trains to showcase Red Carpet and Group Travel at business exhibition

Press releases   •   Jun 25, 2019 09:54 BST

On-train meetings and conferences complete with a concierge or host, bespoke menus and special activities will be just some of the services Virgin Trains will be showcasing at The Meetings Show.

Innovations introduced to help Virgin Trains customers during disruption

Innovations introduced to help Virgin Trains customers during disruption

Press releases   •   Jun 24, 2019 08:00 BST

Two major tech innovations developed by Virgin Trains to improve customer service at times of major disruption – ‘Back on Track’ and ‘Track ‘n Travel’ – are set to change the industry.

 ANPR at Oxenholme station is wheeled out by Virgin Trains

ANPR at Oxenholme station is wheeled out by Virgin Trains

Press releases   •   Jun 21, 2019 10:28 BST

Virgin Trains has introduced Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) at Oxenholme station, making it the first station managed by Virgin on the West Coast Main Line to adopt the technology.

Virgin Trains opens the door to the first ever Calm Corner

Virgin Trains opens the door to the first ever Calm Corner

Press releases   •   Jun 20, 2019 11:40 BST

Virgin Trains opens The Calm Corner at Crewe station - a specially designed room providing customers, especially those with hidden disabilities, can escape from the busy station.

All aboard the Virgin Trains Chat Carriage

All aboard the Virgin Trains Chat Carriage

Press releases   •   Jun 14, 2019 15:30 BST

Virgin Trains introduces the new 'Chat Carriage' on a number of services to get customers to strike up a conversation with fellow travellers as part of the BBC's Crossing Divides On the Move Day.