Virgin Trains adds extra trains and increases availability of its lowest fares at weekends


Virgin Trains East Coast

Virgin Trains today announced that customers can take advantage of even more trains on its east coast route and that it is increasing the number of affordable fares available on these services.

The company confirmed that 22 additional Saturday services will run from stations including Leeds, Wakefield, Doncaster, Peterborough, and Grantham. The timetable improvements which will be introduced from May 21 are part of Virgin Trains’ £140m investment in the east coast route in a bid to give customers the best possible experience.
The new timetable means there will be an extra 600,000 seats available compared to a year ago. Following improvements made to the timetable in December 2016, these latest changes increase the number of seats by 410,000, representing a significant investment in services*.

The train operator is extending the Monday to Friday half-hourly service between Leeds and London to include Saturdays. As well as a considerable boost to customers travelling between Leeds and London, other towns will also benefit. Those travelling from Wakefield will be served by the 22 additional Saturday services, and Doncaster will see another 15 services on Saturdays. Eleven more services will stop at Grantham on Saturdays, and Stevenage will also benefit with nine additional trains serving the station.

As well as improving its timetable, the train company has also made more of its lowest fares available to encourage more customers to leave the car at home at weekends and take the train. Customers travelling between Leeds or Wakefield and London will be able to take advantage of 115,000 more seats available for £16 on the additional Saturday services. Similarly, the new services mean an additional 30,000 seats will be available between Doncaster and London from £14 each way, and 23,000 extra seats will be priced at £12 each way between Grantham and London on Saturdays**.

David Horne, Managing Director of Virgin Trains on its east coast route, said: “We’re making significant improvements to our trains and stations as well as making journeys even more affordable. We know customers want further options to travel by train and we hope these additional services as well as budget-friendly fares will encourage even more people on-board one of our newly refurbished trains. We’ll be continuing to invest in improvements at stations and on-board ahead of the introduction of our ground-breaking Azuma trains next year.”

The news comes following Virgin Trains’ recent announcement that customers will be able to take advantage of cheaper advance ticket prices and seat reservations on the day of travel. Based on the number of walk-up fares currently bought by customers, Virgin Trains calculated that the changes could save customers £7.1m a year.

Latest News

View all

Virgin Trains customers can now bid for last-minute First Class upgrades in global first


The partnership is a world first for rail passengers and will enable more people than ever to enjoy the perks of First Class.

Virgin Trains accelerates journeys with eight-minute London-Scotland film


Virgin Trains has released speeded-up footage showing the incredible sights viewed from the drivers’ cab on some of its most scenic routes.

Virgin Trains unveils one-stop-shop for UK and European getaways


Escaping for a relaxing break this summer has never been easier with the new Virgin Trains Escapes website, a one-stop shop for train tickets, accommodation and attractions.