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Station Finder

This free service is available on the majority of CrossCountry services for Anytime and Off-Peak ticket holders, in both Standard and First Class.

Reservations are subject to availability and are free of charge by CrossCountry. Please check with your network operator for any SMS charges.

How do I make a ten minute reservation?

Text messages are based on three letter station codes. To make a ten minute reservation (TMR) on the 09:30 from Birmingham New Street (BHM) to Cheltenham Spa (CNM), you would text TMR BHM CNM 0930 to the number 88008.

Enter your journey details below and we’ll give you the code you need to text to 88008.

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By making a ten minute reservation you accept the terms and conditions of our service.

General reservations

You can reserve a seat on CrossCountry services when:

  • You buy a ticket before the day of travel
  • You buy a ticket with a reservation on the day of travel via the CrossCountry website or Train Tickets app.
  • You sign into the CrossCountry website via the ‘My Account’ button to amend an existing journey
  • You call JourneyCare or the CrossCountry call centre on the day of travel (only when purchasing a ticket or amending an existing booking).

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