Eight new Edinburgh-London services per weekday
Services every half an hour for most of the day
Booking horizon extended from 12 to 24 weeks
Thousands of £25 fares released to celebrate 25 services a day from May 16
Wow Virgin offer £25 Edinburgh-London fares
Virgin Trains has been given permission to introduce 42 new services a week between Edinburgh and London this May, boosting seat capacity by 22,000 a week on the route - that’s an increase of nearly a third (32%).Customers travelling between the capitals will see four new services daily in each direction from May 16, ensuring a half-hourly frequency throughout most of the day. Two additional services will be added on Sundays.
The timetable boost is expected to lead to an upsurge in cross-border travel and comes as Virgin Trains undergoes a £21m refurbishment of its fleet – including brand new leather seats in first class, new standard class seating, carpets and lighting.
Tickets for the new services will go on sale later this week after the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) approved Virgin Trains’ timetable plans.
To celebrate the introduction of the services, Virgin Trains is releasing thousands of £25 Edinburgh-London fares (in each direction) for the new timetable, which will see 25 southbound services per weekday from Edinburgh. These will be on sale for two weeks from this Friday (19th).
In a further innovation, Virgin Trains is extending the booking horizon during which it is possible to book tickets from the industry standard of 12 weeks to 24 weeks, making it easier to plan ahead for holidays, visits and other trips.