Industrial action during December.
Unfortunately, the RMT union has called a number of strikes for December (the next scheduled dates are Saturday 23 December, Sunday 24 December, Wednesday 27 December and Sunday 31 December.) that will significantly affect CrossCountry train services. We will be operating a reduced service but running some longer trains. Amended timetables will be confirmed nearer to each strike day, so please keep checking this page for details before using any on-line journey planners. Click here for the latest information.
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For the first time since 1986, two nine-coach HSTs, with buffet car catering and seating 544 passengers each, will run between Manchester and Newquay.
Providing spacious and comfortable travel for holidaymakers, the popular HSTs are also the only trains able to carry the many large surfboards which dominate the summer waves at Newquay and have generous luggage accommodation at the front of each train. The expected high demand for this luggage space means that cycles are unable to be carried on these services.
Booking early, customers can take advantage of good value single fares to Newquay from only £21 from Manchester, and £15 from Wolverhampton and Birmingham New Street, all including complimentary seat reservations. The summer Saturday trains are now open for booking on 24 and 31 May and 7 and 14 June at www.crosscountrytrains.co.uk or by 'phoning 08448 110 124.
The two nine-coach HSTs have been hired from National Express East Coast.
CrossCountry Managing Director Andy Cooper said: "We are delighted to be able to offer so much extra capacity this summer for holidaymakers from the north-west and Birmingham to Newquay. With the region's roads expected to be extremely busy, our HSTs and great value fares are the perfect accompaniment to a summer holiday."
CrossCountry summer Saturday HST services are as follows:
07:24 Manchester - Newquay
15:22 Newquay - Manchester
24/31 May and from 5 July to 30 August (inclusive)
On other summer Saturdays, these trains will be formed of Voyagers.
CrossCountry started operating on 11 November 2007. The franchise, which is the most extensive in the UK, will run until 31 March 2016. For further information on CrossCountry services and future franchise plans log on to www.crosscountrytrains.co.uk
STATIONS SERVED: 133
ROUTE MILES: 1,654
WEEKDAY SERVICES: 288
PASSENGERS CARRIED: Over 30 million passenger journeys a year anticipated
ANNUAL TRAIN MILEAGE: Approximately 16 million
EMPLOYEES: Approximately 1,800
LONGEST TRAIN SERVICE: Penzance to Dundee (701 miles)
CrossCountry is part of the Arriva group which operates transport services in ten European countries, employs more than 37,000 people and provides more than one billion passenger journeys every year. For more information about the Arriva group visit www.arriva.co.uk
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