Virgin Trains boosts weekend timetable for Leeds to London,Edinburgh, Newcastle, and York to London,

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Virgin Trains is introducing 10 new services connecting Leeds to London over the weekend in the first step to launching a half-hourly service on Saturdays.

The additional services which come into place from the 12 December will add around 5,000 additional seats every weekend between Leeds and London. The extra services will also call at Retford, Doncaster and Wakefield amongst other stops. The addition of further trains which will result in a twice hourly service on Saturdays, will take place in May next year.

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Virgin Trains is introducing eight new services connecting York to London throughout the week with an additional 22h57 London departure allowing customers to catch a West-end show or enjoy one more drink with friends before heading home.

The extra weekday services will also call at Peterborough, Grantham, Newark North Gate and Doncaster and will result in 5,000 extra seats between York and London over the course of a week.

The additional services which come into place from the 12 December will also include extra Sunday trains that will answer the high demand from passengers to travel more frequently to the UK’s capital and provide useful opportunities for last-minute Christmas shoppers to head to London.

David Horne, Managing Director for Virgin Trains on the east coast said: “This is a great boost to our customers travelling along the east coast and especially to and from Leeds and London.

“Having invested heavily into the customer experience, upgrading our train interiors and launching a new on board streaming service, the journeys will fly by.”

These changes to the timetable come as Virgin Trains nears completion of a total overhaul of its trains ahead of the introduction of the state-of-the-art fleet of new Azuma trains in 2018, which will transform journeys on the east coast route.

Virgin Trains is investing £140m into its east coast route as part of its commitment to the eight year franchise. It has already invested £20m in refurbished carriages and provided a Netflix-style steaming service as part of its customer service improvements.

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Full additional services

Weekdays

22.57 London King’s Cross to York calling at Peterborough, Grantham, Newark North Gate and Doncaster

Fridays only

22.01 Edinburgh Waverley to Newcastle calling at Dunbar, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Alnmouth and Morpeth

Saturdays

05.30 Leeds to London King’s Cross calling at Wakefield Westgate, Doncaster, Newark North Gate, Grantham and Peterborough

08.33 London King’s Cross to Leeds calling at Grantham, Retford, Doncaster and Wakefield Westgate

11.40 Leeds to London King’s Cross calling at Wakefield Westgate and Doncaster

12.33 London King’s Cross to Leeds calling at Peterborough, Retford, Doncaster and Wakefield Westgate

15.33 London King’s Cross to Leeds calling at Stevenage, Peterborough, Newark North Gate and Wakefield Westgate

15.40 Leeds to London King’s Cross calling at Wakefield Westgate, Doncaster and Newark North Gate

19.40 Leeds to London King’s Cross calling at Wakefield Westgate, Doncaster, Newark North Gate and Peterborough

Sundays

08.43 Leeds to London King’s Cross calling at Wakefield Westgate, Doncaster and Peterborough

08:45 London King’s Cross to Edinburgh Waverley calling at York, Darlington, Durham, Newcastle and Morpeth

11.20 Edinburgh Waverley to London King’s Cross calling at Morpeth, Newcastle, Durham, Darlington and York

12.33 London King’s Cross to Leeds calling at Stevenage, Grantham, Doncaster and Wakefield Westgate

14.47 Edinburgh Waverley to London King’s Cross calling at Berwick-upon-Tweed, Newcastle, Durham, Darlington, York, Newark North Gate and Peterborough

21.05 London King’s Cross to Leeds calling at Peterborough, Newark North Gate, Doncaster

and Wakefield Westgate

22.04 London King’s Cross to Doncaster calling at Peterborough, Grantham and Newark North Gate

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