General Council meets in Liverpool

The General Council meeting of West Coast Rail 250 was held last Thursday (23rd February) in Liverpool. Members heard from Richard Scott of Avanti West Coast and Melissa Farmer from Transpennine Express on current train operation issues and their plans for the May and December 2023 timetables. The meeting was also updated on the activities

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Avanti Launches New Timetable

Avanti West Coast has launched a new timetable which reintroduces many services which were a casualty of the August step down. The new timetable started on 11 December, and now includes 40% more services per day. One of the headline changes is the re-instatement of 3 trains per hour on the London to Manchester route.

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Next Stage for HS2 Crewe to Manchester

The legislation required to build Phase 2b of High Speed 2 was introduced to Parliament today. When passed, the High Speed Rail (Crewe to Manchester) Bill will enable the new line between London and Birmingham / Crewe currently under construction to be extended to Manchester. The Government has also announced four changes from the original

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Rail key to Union Connectivity

The final report of the Government’s Union Connectivity Review, led by Sir Peter Hendy, was published today, and can be found at Union Connectivity Review ( The report recognises the important role of rail, and includes the recommendation that the Government should “upgrade the West Coast Main Line north of Crewe to improve journey times

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Integrated Rail Plan Launched

The long-awaited Integrated Rail Plan for the North and Midlands was launched today by the Department for Transport. It has key implications for the West Coast Main Line corridor through setting out revisions to the High Speed 2 network and the approach to Northern Powerhouse Rail. The latter will have interfaces with the West Coast

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Rail White Paper Published

The Government’s long-awaited Rail White Paper was published yesterday. It sets out proposals to create a new public body called Great British Railways, which will oversee a new passenger rail structure based on concessions instead of franchises. The White Paper also sets out plans for a major overhaul of the fares and ticketing system. Further

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