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Virgin Train operate from London Euston to Holyhead / Manchester / Liverpool Lime Street / Wolverhampton / Birmingham New Street / Preston / Carlisle / Glasgow and Edinburgh.
The base service provides 4 trains per hour to Manchester, 2 to Liverpool, 3 to Birmingham New street and wolverhampton and 1 per hour to Glasgow.
Ticket price vary from very cheap £5 single from Birmingham to Coventry to the very expensive £450 Open single London Euston to Glasgow. The trick to getting a cheap ticket is book 28 days or more in advance, pick a train and make sure you board the train you paid to travel on, otherwise you will be taken for the full standard open ticket, the ones that cost £100+
Most Virgin Trains operating out of London Euston have serval crew, these include the driver of course, a Train Manager who is in charge of the train, a chef to provide at seat breakfast / lunch and dinner to 1st class passengers, and four passenger service assistants, who man the shop in standard class, and at seat service to the 1st class passengers.
Journey times to Manchester from London are 70-90 minutes, with Birmingham 55-60 minutes, Glasgow can be reached in a tad under 4hrs.
The trains are all fitted with air conditioning, CCTV, passenger information screens and all seats have drop down tables at every seat or four seats around a table. However some seats are placed right next to a piller, so some seats dont have a window, not very good it your going to Glasgow!.
All in all, the service has been transformed with new titling trains, reduced journey times and cheap fare. A pleasure to travel with.
Ten years ago this line was called the misery line, and rightly so. 50yr old trains, late trains, diry stations. But since 2001 the line has been transformed with over 60 brand new Electrostar trains, fitted air conditioning, CCTV, passenger information screens and comfortable seats. Stations have been repainted and modernised. Reliabity has increased to around 90% of trains running ontime or within 5 minutes of their booked arrival time. There are still some problems mainly round overcrowding, as there is a maximum length the trains can run to, as some platforms arent long enough. But with the 2012 Olmiypics main stations are being lenghtened and modernised to cope with the increased demand the games will bring. There are plans to add extra trains in the next 12 months.
If you are travelling from Southend or Shoeberryness c2c is the easy/cheap and reliable way of getting from the country into the heart for the City of London. C2C's London Terminal is Fenchurch Street a stone throw from the Tower of London and Tower Hill Tube station, which has access to the Circle line. And most of Londons main sights.