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Between 28 May and 10 September, train operator CrossCountry will be redirecting to Paignton two trains that would normally travel to Plymouth. These extra services are specifically intended to carry tourists to Torbay from Yorkshire, the North East and Scotland. In addition to Torquay and Paignton, the new CrossCountry summer timetable includes extra stops at Dawlish and Teignmouth; and Dawlish Warren will be served by a train from Manchester and one from the North East and Scotland.
Commenting on the new services, CrossCountry managing director Andy Cooper said: "These extra trains will give a welcome boost to the region's tourist industry over the busy summer months. We have seen growing demand for journeys to the English Riviera and our new timetable will provide over 1800 extra seats to and from Paignton on Saturdays during the holiday season.
"We have seen amazing support from local businesses, councils and politicians for our timetable plans. We will now work with these stakeholders to encourage tourists to take advantage of the great value offers available and make their journey to the region by direct train."
The new services are a 0600 departure from Leeds, calling at Dawlish (1101), Teignmouth (1107), Newton Abbot (1116), Torquay (1129) and Paignton (1136); and the 0601 from Glasgow, calling at Dawlish Warren (1500), Dawlish (1505), Teignmouth (1512), Newton Abbot (1520), Torquay (1532) and Paignton (1540). Going north there will be a 1234 departure from Paignton to Glasgow and a 1634 to Leeds. Full details of these and all other CrossCountry services will be available shortly at www.crosscountrytrains.co.uk
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.
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CrossCountry facts and figures
STATIONS SERVED: 118
ROUTE MILES: 1,478
WEEKDAY SERVICES: 295
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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