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Virgin Trains helps to stage “oarsome” play about local hero

Virgin Trains helps to stage “oarsome” play about local hero

Press Releases   •   Feb 16, 2017 10:54 GMT

​Virgin Trains is helping to stage a play on the banks of the River Thames about a 19th century world champion rower from Tyneside. It has provided a replica plate of its "Blaydon Races" loco 91115 to form part of the backdrop to the award-winning production about Harry Clasper, who had the original song Blaydon Races written in his honour more than 150 years ago.

Loved-up Virgin Trains helps customer pop the question with a sweet serenade

Loved-up Virgin Trains helps customer pop the question with a sweet serenade

Press Releases   •   Feb 14, 2017 17:30 GMT

Today Virgin Trains helped to make Valentine’s Day extra special for a customer proposing to his girlfriend at Warrington Bank Quay station.

Virgin Trains East Coast named Top UK Employer
Virgin Trains expands Newcastle call centre with 45 new jobs

Virgin Trains expands Newcastle call centre with 45 new jobs

Press Releases   •   Feb 06, 2017 11:12 GMT

Virgin Trains is expanding its Newcastle-based customer call centre as it brings its web support service in-house. The creation of an additional 45 jobs represent a 50% increase in staff since the centre, in Gosforth, opened in September 2016.

Myleene adds a touch of Klass to Virgin Trains’ stylish new fleet

Myleene adds a touch of Klass to Virgin Trains’ stylish new fleet

Press Releases   •   Jan 30, 2017 13:20 GMT

Myleene Klass surprises King’s Cross commuters with a performance on a baby grand piano The classically trained pianist enjoyed a glass of prosecco with customers on-board the train Celebrations marked the completion of Virgin Trains £40m investment in upgrading its train fleet – which has seen nearly 25,000 new seats installed

Virgin Trains completes fleet refurbishment programme

Virgin Trains completes fleet refurbishment programme

Press Releases   •   Jan 24, 2017 17:02 GMT

Part of its £140 million investment pledge to transform travel on the east coast

Virgin Trains picks up two wins at Business Travel Awards - including for on-board entertainment app BEAM

Virgin Trains picks up two wins at Business Travel Awards - including for on-board entertainment app BEAM

Press Releases   •   Jan 24, 2017 16:46 GMT

• Voted Best Rail Operator • Exclusive onboard entertainment app recognised as Best Travel Technology Product

Virgin Trains leads the way in customer satisfaction and performance for long-distance operators
Virgin Trains celebrated for reliability as punctuality reaches highest ever level on the west coast

Virgin Trains celebrated for reliability as punctuality reaches highest ever level on the west coast

Press Releases   •   Jan 17, 2017 00:01 GMT

• Virgin Trains ranks second on Which? Annual Passenger Survey with a five star rating for re-liability • Record punctuality moving annual average (MAA) of 88.3% • Punctuality has improved by over 8% since records began

Beat the January blues with Virgin Trains’ New Year half price seat sale

Beat the January blues with Virgin Trains’ New Year half price seat sale

Press Releases   •   Jan 07, 2017 00:01 GMT

400,000 half price tickets up for grabs for east coast journeys Half price tickets on sale between January 9 and January 13 Tickets for travel between January 30 and March 31*

Annual charter trains raises in excess of £10k for charity

Annual charter trains raises in excess of £10k for charity

Press Releases   •   Dec 29, 2016 13:27 GMT

Virgin Trains joins forces with 'The Railway Magazine' and Direct Rail Services to run a charter train that helps to raise over £10k for charity. Mental Health Foundation (£6750) and DRS's community fund to benefit.

Virgin Trains breaks one million mark on Edinburgh-London after service investments

Virgin Trains breaks one million mark on Edinburgh-London after service investments

Press Releases   •   Dec 29, 2016 07:15 GMT

More than a million Virgin Trains passengers are travelling between Edinburgh and London each year for the first time. The London to Scotland operator has ended the year on a high after seeing 8% annual growth in customer numbers between the UK and Scottish capitals.

Virgin Trains brings First Class experience to Preston North End fans

Virgin Trains brings First Class experience to Preston North End fans

Press Releases   •   Dec 27, 2016 12:00 GMT

Virgin Trains has created two exclusive seats to upgrade Preston North End fans to a First Class experience for every home game at Deepdale stadium.

Virgin Trains helps passengers during the Christmas rush

Virgin Trains helps passengers during the Christmas rush

Press Releases   •   Dec 21, 2016 10:25 GMT

• Customer Information Screens enhanced across the route • Helpful pictograms depict onboard reservation levels

Durham students are just the ticket to help with Christmas getaway

Durham students are just the ticket to help with Christmas getaway

Press Releases   •   Dec 16, 2016 13:16 GMT

Students have volunteered to help Virgin Trains as part of the annual Christmas getaway. Thousands of Durham University students will head for home via the city's railway station over the next three days.

Worst Christmas presents (and givers) revealed

Worst Christmas presents (and givers) revealed

Press Releases   •   Dec 15, 2016 10:12 GMT

When it comes to Christmas not all presents are welcome as Brits reveal that bad perfume (16 per cent) and socks (21 per cent) top the list of gifts they’d rather not receive, according to research* by Virgin Trains as part of its annual Christmas Train to spread festive cheer.

Virgin Trains marks one year anniversary of its Sunderland service

Virgin Trains marks one year anniversary of its Sunderland service

Press Releases   •   Dec 13, 2016 11:10 GMT

Virgin Trains has presented Sunderland City Council with a name plate to mark the one year anniversary of its services between Sunderland and London King’s Cross. The plate is a replica of the “Spirit of Sunderland” plate which adorns the power car which was named in honour of the inaugural service on this day in 2015.

Virgin Trains opens new Bike Hub at Preston station

Virgin Trains opens new Bike Hub at Preston station

Press Releases   •   Dec 12, 2016 14:00 GMT

Today Virgin Trains officially opened its new Bike Hub at Preston station, transforming the facilities for cyclists at the station.

Launch of new services and platform at Doncaster station

Launch of new services and platform at Doncaster station

Press Releases   •   Dec 12, 2016 12:46 GMT

Transport Minister Andrew Jones opened a new platform at Doncaster station this morning while Virgin Trains launched the earliest ever service from Doncaster to London, arriving into the capital at 07.00. The 05.07 weekday service to London King's Cross is part of a new timetable by Virgin Trains which will see an additional 19 trains per week call at Doncaster station.

Virgin trains made from 2,000 presents given away to Christmas travellers

Virgin trains made from 2,000 presents given away to Christmas travellers

Press Releases   •   Dec 12, 2016 09:57 GMT

Festive travellers will be presented with the largest ever replica train made entirely from presents, in Virgin Trains’ now traditional annual bid to spread Christmas cheer.