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Train operator CrossCountry today announced a variety of service extensions and alterations from Monday to Saturday as part of their new-look timetable, delivering a 40% increase in services and over 2000 more seats on this busy rail corridor. The changes will see people from Southampton and the surrounding areas having more journey opportunities when travelling to the Thames Valley, Midlands and the North for business and leisure. The extra trains also provide a better service for commuters between Southampton, Winchester, Basingstoke and Reading.

Commenting on the increased services, CrossCountry's Managing Director Andy Cooper said: "Southampton is a thriving city to do business in and a great place to visit, so these extra services are great news for everyone. There are extra journey opportunities for commuters and the thousands of cruise line passengers travelling from and to the port will now have more trains to select when travelling from cities like Birmingham, Leeds and Reading. This is about making train travel even more attractive and that's only possible if trains are there at a time and place where people want them. We believe we've done that and hope our extra services to Southampton will help support the local economy by giving more journey opportunities and importantly, more choice."

The extended services to and from Southampton Central are as follows:

Monday to Friday
To Southampton: 06:15 Leeds arriving Southampton at 11:17
06:33 Birmingham New Street arriving Southampton at 09:17
07:23 Newcastle arriving Southampton at 13:17
09:35 Newcastle arriving Southampton at 15:17
11:27 Newcastle arriving Southampton at 17:17
13:34 Newcastle arriving Southampton at 19:53
From Southampton: 08:01 *Winchester Newcastle (via Birmingham NS)
*Winchester start 09:46 Southampton Newcastle (via Birmingham NS)
11:46 Southampton Newcastle (via Birmingham NS)
13:46 Southampton Edinburgh (via Birmingham NS)
15:47 Southampton Newcastle (via Birmingham NS)
17:46 Southampton York (via Birmingham NS)
Saturdays only
To Southampton: 06:33 Birmingham New Street arriving Southampton at 09:17
06:15 Leeds arriving Southampton at 11:17
07:25 Newcastle arriving Southampton at 13:17
09:25 Newcastle arriving Southampton at 15:17
11:25 Newcastle arriving Southampton at 17:17
13:27 Newcastle arriving Southampton at 19:17
From Southampton: 07:47 Southampton Newcastle (via Birmingham NS)
09:47 Southampton Newcastle (via Birmingham NS)
11:47 Southampton Newcastle (via Birmingham NS)
13:47 Southampton Edinburgh (via Birmingham NS)
15:47 Southampton Newcastle (via Birmingham NS)
17:47 Southampton York (via Birmingham NS)

For more information please call the CrossCountry Press Office on 0121 2006115 or email

Notes to editors

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.

CrossCountry is part of the Arriva group, which is owned by Deutsche Bahn. Arriva is a leading pan-European public transport operators with more than 42,000 employees and operations across 12 European countries. The link to Arriva is www.arriva.co.uk. The link to Deutsche Bahn is www.deutschebahn.com.

CrossCountry is now live on Facebook at facebook.com/crosscountrytrains.

Follow CrossCountry on Twitter via twitter.com/crosscountryuk.

CrossCountry facts and figures

PASSENGERS CARRIED: Over 30 million passenger journeys a year anticipated
ANNUAL TRAIN MILEAGE: Approximately 16 million
EMPLOYEES: Approximately 1,600
LONGEST TRAIN SERVICE: 08.20 Aberdeen to Penzance (774 miles)

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