Coronavirus (Covid-19) - Travel advice and guidance - please visit here for more information
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Page last updated: 18 January 2021
Government have announced a further lockdown in England and Wales. We ask that you check government guidance and our travel guidelines before you travel. For more information on the national restrictions in England, Scotland and Wales click here.
If you have booked a ticket and no longer wish to travel you may be eligible for a refund, please see our FAQs for more information.
Learn about the railway's safer travel pledge on the National Rail website here.
Here, you can find out all the information you need for your upcoming journey including; how to book and reserve your seat, travel guidelines, what we are doing to keep you safe on-board and much, more.
We are ‘Good to Go’ accredited. This means that we’re adhering to Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines and have the processes in place to maintain cleanliness on-board and aid social distancing.
We are running a reduced service and you can find information on our latest timetables here.
Please protect your loved ones by downloading the official NHS COVID-19 contact tracking app for England and Wales. Visit the NHS website here for more information.
*Some people may not be able to wear a face covering, for example, those with breathing difficulties or those with disabilities. The Government have provided a list of exemptions. Which list can be found within the linked FAQs above.
Our services have limited capacity, so we are asking all our customers to reserve a seat for their journey and travel at quieter times where possible. More information on how to reserve a seat can be found in the ‘before you travel’ section below. For more information on the level of reservations we had last week please use the button below.
Social distancing measures are in place on-board help keep you safe. To help manage the number of customers travelling on any one train, we ask that you book in advance and reserve a seat on a specific service.
You can make a seat reservation when booking directly via our website, mobile site or Train Tickets app. At the point of purchase, you will receive a reservation which will include your coach and seat number.
Please stick to your specific reserved service and seat so that we can ensure that everyone can adhere to social distancing.
Reservations will be made available on a first-come-first-served basis and when these are fully taken, it means the service is at full capacity, so you will not be able to buy a ticket to travel on that train. This will show as ‘sold out’ during the booking process.
Please note due to reservation system updates, on some services you are currently unable to book up to 12 weeks in advance. You can visit our dedicated page to view the latest dates available.
If you already hold a valid ticket and don’t yet have a specific seat reservation, you can:
To reduce physical contact, we are encouraging customers to select an e-Ticket or Smartcard for Season tickets, use contactless payments, cash is currently not being accepted on-board our services.
If you need to amend a seat reservation that you have previously made, you can do this via your account. Further information on how to do this can be found in our FAQ’s. If you do not have an account with us you can contact our Web Support Team via email on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0371 244 2389.
We recommend that customers travel during quieter periods and to help you understand more in demand routes, we have created a traffic light system which indicates expected busier and quieter services. You can find more information on our dedicated page.
We are still operating both booked and un-booked Passenger Assistance services for those passengers that require this, although we recommend that you book ahead so we can ensure the correct assistance is provided.
When booking, our Passenger Assistance team may ask you some extra questions so that we can ensure that we balance your needs with the opportunity to respect social distancing requirements, so please allow a little more time to make your booking.
You can pre-book this service online when you buy your tickets on our website or you can call us on 0800 030 9224 text phone users can call us on 0800 030 9230). So that we can arrange everything for you, please give us at least 24 hours’ notice before you travel (48 hours if booking online though our website). Our opening hours are 08:00-22:00, 7 days a week.
If you have not pre-booked assistance, please allow extra time for your journey and follow signage and instructions from station and train staff.
CrossCountry are supporting the National Rail Industry Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme . Not all disabilities are visible and some won’t be immediately obvious to our colleagues. The Hidden Disability Sunflower, which is usually worn in the form of a lanyard, is a discreet way for us to be aware that support may be required from us throughout a customer’s journey. If you would like to obtain a lanyard, you can get one from most staffed stations or online via the scheme. We appreciate that if you are already part of this scheme, wearing a face covering may not be possible, so we advise you follow the guidance provided on Gov UK, which can be found here.
If you have a health condition or disability and would like a discreet way of informing our staff that you are exempt from wearing a face covering, please download and print out an assistance card to present to our staff on your journey.
If you have received a reservation when purchasing a ticket, you should stick to your booked train and seat. If you would like to change your reservation, please get in touch with the ticket retailer with whom you made your purchase.
You should still try to reserve, as on busier trains we could need to restrict travel if too many people attempt to board. However, if you are travelling as a family group then you may sit together if you wish instead of following social distancing. Only window seats are reservable so the seat next to you should always be free for a household member to sit next to you.
All carriages will have reservable seats (apart from coach B on Voyagers and Turbostars). We ask that you avoid moving around, and if you haven’t reserved, then to use any available window seat and use our Ten Minute Reservation (TMR) service to make a reservation on that train.
We are asking Season ticket holders and those with travelcards to also make a reservation in advance. For any journeys in the future, please use one of the four options below:
You can reserve on the day with us by using the Ten-Minute Reservation service (TMR). Details can be found here.
If your train was delayed then please speak to a member of station staff who will endorse your ticket to travel on the next CrossCountry train.
Once your ticket has been endorsed, you will need a seat reservation. To make a seat reservation on the next train, please use our TMR service.
If you have missed your booked train, and the reason wasn’t related to the railway, e.g. traffic on your way to the station, then you will need to purchase a brand new ticket.
Yes. Please contact our Passenger Assist Team as normal and they will be happy to help with the arrangements and any support you would like on your journey. To book travel assistance, please contact the Passenger Assist team on: Call us on 08000309224 or Textphone us on 0800 0309230. Our opening hours are: Sunday - Saturday 08:00-22:00. Alternatively you can e-mail us on email@example.com For any other enquires please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that CrossCountry do not manage any stations, so for advice and travel guidance for the station you intend to visit, please search for your station here.
Arrive early - Allow plenty of time at the station before your train arrives, as there may be directional signage and queuing systems in place.
Please keep your distance when parking - Please note, we do not manage any station car parks. However, our advice is try to park at a distance from other cars where possible.
Face coverings – It is mandatory to wear a face covering when passing through a railway station as well as when travelling by train. Face coverings can be removed only whilst food & drink is being consumed. To make your journey safer, maximum fines of £6,400 are being issued by British Transport Police to people who do not wear a face covering. While some people are exempt, everyone else must do so to protect others. See our FAQs. See our FAQs.
Social distancing - When walking through the station please respect other people around you. Always maintaining social distancing measures, including when using escalators, lifts and seating at stations.
Health and hygiene – Please always carry hand sanitiser to use before and after your journey. Hand sanitiser can be purchased from the catering trolley on-board, if available, if your train does not have a catering trolley, please ask one of our colleagues who will be able to help you further. We also ask that you wash your hands both before and after travelling with us. To find out more about availability of hand sanitisers please visit the station information page here.
Respectful behaviour - Please respect station colleagues, who are there to help and guide you through your onward journey.
Station colleagues - Please remember our teams at stations and on-board our trains are not responsible for the enforcement of social distancing. So please work with us, be mindful of your fellow passengers, and take sensible steps to keep a safe distance.
Station facilities - There is a greater focus on cleaning toilets and other high-touch areas in stations, as well as increased use of antiviral cleaning products and ensuring toilets are well stocked with soap. For more station information about the facilities at certain stations please visit here.
Buy your ticket in advance, and reserve a seat. - To help us maintain social distancing on-board our services, please book before you travel, and reserve your seat. You can make a seat reservation when booking directly via our website, mobile site or Train Tickets app. At the point of purchase, you will receive a reservation which will include your coach and seat number.
Full services – If there is no available space on the train when it arrives, you must disembark and wait for the next service to arrive. If this is the last service of the day, please contact us and we will be able to arrange alternative transport.
Follow the signage - There is additional signage on all our trains to remind you and fellow passengers to 'stay safe and stay apart', throughout your journey.
Social distancing - Please keep your distance from other customers and our colleagues. It is important to stick to your reserved seat on-board to help us maintain our social distancing processes.
Face coverings - It is mandatory to wear a face covering on-board our trains at all times, except for when consuming food and drink. Maximum fines of £6,400 are being issued by British Transport Police to people who do not wear a face covering. While some people are exempt, everyone else must do so to protect others. See our FAQs
Catering - Catering is available on-board our services. To keep our customers and colleagues safe, catering will be provided from a static location at one end of the train. On-board colleagues will make regular announcements to let customers know when and where to find our catering trolley.
We have reintroduced our at-seat service in First Class which will comply with social distancing measures. Please note, we only have a limited range of products at the moment.
Customers are welcome to bring their own food and drinks on-board and face coverings can be removed only whilst food & drink is being consumed. If you are travelling with us in Wales, please note that under current guidelines you cannot consume food and drink on-board..
Health and hygiene - Always carry hand sanitiser, ensure you wash your hands before and after your journey and do not touch your face throughout your journey. Hand sanitiser can be purchased from the catering trolley on-board, if available. If your train does not have a catering trolley, please ask one of our colleagues who will be able to help you further. We are only accepting contactless payments on-board for the safety of both our customers and colleagues.
Boarding the train - Stand well clear of the doors and allow others to leave the train with a safe distance before you board. We have added additional dwell time where possible at busier stations to give you and other customers enough time to board safely.
Avoid busier times of travel - Please consider booking to travel with us at quieter times of the day if it is possible for you to do so. Our dedicated ‘traffic light’ page shows how busy reservations have been over the last week, so you are able to choose quieter times to travel here.
Cleaning our trains - We have enhanced our cleaning regimes and are now spending an additional 2400 hours each week cleaning our trains, especially focussing on the main touchpoints such as door buttons and hand rails. We have also increased the frequency of deep cleans. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you feel the service you are on was not up to standard. You can find the best means of contacting us here.
Facilities - All of our toilet facilities are still available on board. We have increased our cleaning regimes including the increase use of antiviral cleaning products and ensuring toilets are well stocked with soap.
Following the latest Government guidance - We continue to follow the latest Government guidelines to ensure we take the appropriate actions to keep you safe. We're proud to have been awarded the 'We're good to go' accreditation from Visit Britain, meaning we provide a COVID-safe environment for you on-board our trains.
Reducing contact when handling payments - We are encouraging our customers to use contactless payments only and where possible purchase an e-Ticket or use a Smart card for Season tickets.
Please check payment options at the station you are visiting, please visit the station information page here.
Promoting good personal hygiene - We are selling hand sanitiser from our catering trolley on-board, subject to availability. If your train does not have a catering trolley, please ask one of our colleagues who will be able to help you.
Enhanced cleaning -We have reviewed the work of our train maintenance and cleaning contractors to ensure all trains go through a deep clean process at the end of each day, with regular cleaning throughout service.
We have increased staffing levels to help keep our trains clean during the day and our on-board cleaners clean the equivalent of 264 football pitches every day.
We have introduced more frequent walk-throughs to clean surfaces on a more regular basis and have ensured our team are fully aware of the importance of maintaining good hygiene themselves.
Social distancing - We have installed additional on-board signage reminding you and other customers to ‘stay safe and stay apart’.
Reserving a seat - We have listened to your feedback and re-introduced seat reservations. For all journeys from Monday 7 September, we are asking you to book before you travel and reserve a seat on the train to help us maintain social distancing on-board. For more information, please visit our reservations FAQs.
For tickets purchased with CrossCountry using our website, mobile site or Train Tickets app please see the table below. Otherwise, please contact your original retailer.
Can I change my ticket?
Can I get a refund?
Advance train tickets
You can amend your Advance train ticket without paying a £10.00 admin fee with CrossCountry.
You may change your date and time of travel, but your origin and destination must remain the same. Any changes must be made before the first booked service departs.
For Advance train tickets, purchased on or before the date of the latest government announcement (04 January 2021), valid for travel to any station on or after 05 January 2021, Rail Travel Vouchers will be available. Vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of issue. National Rail Travel Vouchers must not be exchanged for cash.
To change your ticket please request in the My Account section of our site or Train Tickets app. If you purchased without being logged into your account or do not hold an account please contact our Web Support Team on email@example.com or 0371 244 2389. Our web support lines are open Monday - Friday: 08:00-20:00, Saturday - Sunday: 09:00-17:00.
All other tickets with the exception of Season tickets
You may be able to change your train ticket without paying a change of journey fee of £10.00, this is based on the date that you purchased your ticket.
If you booked an Anytime, Off-Peak or Super Off-Peak ticket on or before 4 January 2021, you are entitled to a fee-free refund. Changes should be made before the journey has begun and a refund must be claimed within 28 days of the ticket expiry. For all other dates, the usual admin fees will apply.
To request a refund or change your ticket please request in the My Account section of our site or Train Tickets app. If you purchased without being logged into your account or do not hold an account please contact our Web Support Team on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0371 244 2389. Our web support lines are open Monday - Friday: 08:00-20:00, Saturday - Sunday: 09:00-17:00.
Please note, refunds can take up to 5 working days to process once received by our team.
Season tickets can be refunded at any time, but there must be at least three days remaining on a weekly Season ticket, or seven days remaining on a monthly or longer Season ticket to obtain a refund. Refunds are not pro-rata as the unit cost of a Season ticket decreases as the period of validity increases. Annual Season tickets have little to no refund value if they have been used for more than 10 months, 12 days.
For more information and to see how much you could get back for your Season ticket, visit the National Rail website and use the Season Ticket Refund Calculator tool.
To request a refund for your Season ticket please contact our Web Support team on email@example.com.
If you have a paper ticket and wish to make a refund please contact our Web Support team on firstname.lastname@example.org address only and they will provide directions on how to process. This will include a photograph of your paper ticket cut diagonally in half.
After careful consideration, the government has confirmed that Railcards will remain non-refundable and will not be extended.
Our usual refund measures apply, please see ‘Applying for a Refund’ above on how to get a refund if you do not want to travel.
There has been no change to ticket restrictions involving locations affected by local lockdown measures. You should travel on the service you have booked, and if this involves a connection through an area with local restrictions, your journey won’t be affected.
No, all of the travel guidelines outlined on this page apply, and we ask you to ensure you follow the guidelines for your safety, and others.
If you have any other queries that do not relate to an existing booking our Customer Relations team are here to help. To achieve social distancing, and with the challenges of Coronavirus, our Customer Relations telephone lines are now open 7 days a week: 08:00 –16:00. Passenger Assistance telephone lines will be open Sunday - Saturday 08:00 - 16:00.
The Government’s instructions state that a face covering is a cloth that should “cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably. It can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head.”
We want people to wear face coverings from when they enter a station all the way through their journey, including exiting the station at the other end. If people are then moving onto the bus, tram or tube, they should avoid taking off their face covering while they interchange to avoid touching their face or mouth unnecessarily.
People should wear face coverings on our trains, wherever they are. This is mandatory in England and Scotland, and will be mandatory in Wales from 27 July.
We encourage passengers to use reusable face coverings where possible as these are better for the environment. If you have a disposable face covering then please take it home to dispose of it or put it in the normal bins available on stations at the end of your journey.
We are confident that the vast majority of people are going to want to do the right thing and help protect others by bringing and wearing a face covering while in stations and on trains. Please also be aware that some passengers may not be able to wear as mask due to medical issues. Regardless of whether someone is wearing a mask, people should keep their distance – at least two metres, if possible.
Yes. For example, the wearing of face coverings is already mandatory on Eurostar trains.
Children under 11 are not required to wear face coverings.
No. We are doing this to further reduce the risk of infection. Used properly, face coverings can help prevent the spread of the disease. Social distancing and good hand hygiene are still very important.
You can still use public transport. We want people to be able to travel with dignity and our staff will act considerately towards those who cannot wear a mask due to their disability.
The requirement to wear a face covering also does not apply if you have a reasonable excuse not to. Reasonable excuses include:
Our colleagues are also aware of the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower scheme, and will be able to offer assistance when required. For more information on being exempt from wearing a face covering, please visit the Gov UK website here.
Rail staff engage and educate customers about the mandatory use of face coverings when they travel by train and encourage people to wear them. The vast majority of people do the right thing and help protect others by bringing and wearing a face covering while in stations and on trains. Unless they have a good reason, those that don’t wear a face covering could receive a maximum fine of £6,400 from the British Transport Police.
Some people may not be able to wear a face covering due to medical conditions which may not always be apparent. Please do not confront other passengers. Anyone that isn’t exempt from wearing a face covering can be issued with a £6,400 maximum fine from the British Transport Police.
You can find more information on Coronavirus/COVID-19 and methods to prevent the virus spreading, together with answers to many questions you may have, using the following links: