Virgin transformation

Manchester resident and Modern Railways contributor TONY MILES describes how the improvements Virgin Trains delivered have transformed his journeys to the capital

When I moved from Birmingham to Manchester at the end of the 1980s, one of the first things I had to get used to was the way people planned for a journey to London. Moving from a half-hourly service to an hourly train with a journey time of slightly over two and a half hours, with an early meeting almost completely out of the question, was quite a challenge.

Planning a trip to the capital weeks ahead was not uncommon. Many business travellers opted to fly, as even the check-in process (shorter than it is today) and travel time into London on arrival still made it an attractive choice.


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