To ensure safe travel for passengers during the UK Christmas travel window, the government has outlined a range of new measures for transport, including enhancing rail services, postponing and accelerating rail engineering works and cutting ticket charges.
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Avanti West Coast is the operator of the West Coast Main Line service in the UK. On 8 December 2019, Avanti West Coast took over from Virgin Trains to deliver a cleaner, greener railway to drive the West Coast forward.
A solar-powered scarecrow that mimics the calls of a hawk is being used to ward off birds causing delays to passengers travelling between Manchester and London Euston.
Network Rail's £3.4 million Great North Rail Project upgrade will make overhead line equipment (OLE) more resilient on the West Coast Main Line between Preston and Carlisle.
All train operators in Britain and Network Rail are now signed up to the Sunflower scheme, designed to enable people with non-visible disabilities to discreetly let others know that they might require a little more time, support or assistance when travelling.
As part of Global Railway Review’s Improving Rail’s Environmental Impact series, the Head of Sustainability at Avanti West Coast, Gareth Williams, discusses the operator’s efforts to improve its energy consumption and carbon footprint by working with local communities and passengers.
Following new research from Transport Focus, it was found that only 35 per cent of UK passengers who were eligible claimed compensation for their delayed journey.
In an interview with Global Railway Review, Richard Scott, Partnerships and Strategy Director for the West Coast Partnership, explains what Avanti West Coast will focus on, going forward, to deliver a better passenger experience.
The £642 million contract between Avanti West Coast and Alstom will modernise the Pendolino fleet, which originally went into operation in 2003.
The contract will include a refresh programme and maintenance of 20 Bombardier Class 221 DEMU trains for the Avanti West Coast mainline services.
First Trenitalia has awarded British-based train manufacturer Hitachi Rail a contract worth more than £350 million to provide and maintain 23 new InterCity trains for Avanti West Coast services.
FirstGroup and Trenitalia have unveiled that Avanti West Coast will be the name of the new InterCity West Coast rail franchise in the UK, heralding a new era of innovative high-speed rail services.