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Record number of winter train services

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Record number of winter train services

22 September 2000
source ATOC
type Press release

National Rail operators will be running the most intensive winter timetable ever when it starts this Sunday (24 September).

Analysis of the timetable reveals 18,559 services will operate on a normal weekday. Trains will cover over 806,000 miles, a two per cent increase over last year's winter timetable

Commenting on the upcoming timetable, Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) Director General, George Muir said: "There are now one million more passengers journeys a week than there were one year ago. To cater for growth of more than 30 per cent in passenger journeys over the past four years, train operators now run 1,500 more services a day compared to the winter 1995."

Mr Muir also welcomed aboard Hull Trains, the first new train operator to run passenger services under the rail industry's open access arrangement. "The arrival of Hull Trains is excellent news for the people of Hull and the rail industry as a whole."


For more information call the ATOC Press Office on 020 7904 3010

Note to editors:

The tables below show the number of train services and train miles run on a normal weekday:

Total Train Services:-

Win 95 Win 96 Win 97 Win 98 Win 99 Win 00 % INCREASE 95 - 00
17096 17333 17484 18189 18470 18559 9%
Train Miles:-

Win 95 Win 96 Win 97 Win 98 Win 99 Win 00 % INCREASE 95 - 00
698235 706181 712286 769058 789599 806707 16%

Highlights on the summer timetable include:

Anglia - Anglia Railways has announced a number of further improvements to train services for rail passengers in the region. Once again, the frequency of Anglia Railways' mainline services between Norwich, Ipswich and London is being improved with a further additional morning peak service departing Norwich at 05.20 on weekdays (Ipswich at 05.54), arriving in London Liverpool Street at 07.11. This new service is being provided in response to the continued growth in demand for train travel between Norwich, Ipswich and the capital.

Central Trains - is adding four additional services between Nottingham and Cardiff. A new service will be introduced between Walsall and Wolverhampton and longer trains will be introduced on busy routes.

First Great Western - First Great Western is offering an increased number of services in its new winter timetable, which comes into force on 24 September. A total of 180 regular weekday services will be operating, compared to 178 last winter.

Additional regular services for the Cotswolds, the West of England and South Wales are included in the new timetable, along with an extended service from Paignton to London Paddington at Bank Holidays. Additional station stops are also included.

First Great Western is introducing new bus-rail links in Devon and Cornwall, in partnership with bus operator and fellow FirstGroup company First Western National, as part of its on-going commitment to an integrated transport network.

Great North Eastern Railway - Running 125 services a day, the most intensive winter timetable ever on the East Coast main line and increasing capacity by 25,000 seats a week.

Hull Trains - Hull Trains, the company set-up to provide new and direct train services between Hull and London will officially commence the first new train service under the rail industry's "open access" arrangements with the start of the Hull Trains service on Monday 25 September 2000. Hull Trains services on weekdays depart London Kings Cross at 08.33, 10.36 and 16.03. Departures from Hull leave at 06.20, 12.09 and 16.30.

South West Trains - New features of the winter timetable include:

A new weekend service between Waterloo and Penzance in a joint venture with Wales & West (departing from Waterloo on Saturdays at 15.35 hours and returning from Penzance on Sundays at 14.25 hours);

A new Sunday morning service from Southampton at 06.45 hours offering an earlier through train to Waterloo; The West of England line will also benefit from new trains on services to London this winter. Eight two-carriage diesel trains, which boast 114 seats each, will be introduced. The new trains also have the added benefit of air conditioning.

Wales & West Passenger Trains - will offer an entirely new service from Penzance to London Waterloo. The service has been introduced by Wales & West in association with South West Trains, which operates on the London Waterloo-Exeter route. It will call at principal stations throughout Cornwall.

For more information ATOC press office 020 7904 3010

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