CrossCountry, owned by Arriva plc (and therefore Deutsche Bahn since 2010), is the successor to the original Virgin franchise of the same name, inheriting a large proportion of Virgin’s fleet of Voyager demus. The network had evolved during Virgin's management – particularly after the original franchise had been replaced by a management contract in 2002 – and changed again when ‘New CrossCountry’ was offered by the DfT, which added some routes from the former Central Trains franchise. This 'remapping' was announced on 18 October 2005 and the new contract began on 11 November 2007. It was to have ended inl 2016 but was then extended to October 2019. The end date could be extended by up to 13 reporting periods (52 weeks), and this extension has now been activated.
11 November 2007
Arriva UK Trains Ltd/Arriva plc/Deutsche Bahn AG
XC Trains Ltd
Long-distance and regional services. Birmingham-Leicester-Cambridge-Stansted Airport; Cardiff-Nottingham; Reading-Birmingham-East Midlands-Newcastle-Edinburgh/Glasgow; South Coast and Reading-Birmingham and Manchester; Penzance/Newquay-Bristol-Birmingham
Central Trains (part)
was replaced by