As our second proposed open access route in the UK, we are planning to introduce a new service between Stirling and London along the West Coast Main Line.
This service will transform the connectivity of a whole range of significant and rapidly changing Scottish towns along the Scottish Central corridor.
This route is planned to start in May 2021 and will operate four times per day. Starting at Stirling it will call at Larbert, Greenfaulds (for Cumbernauld), Whifflet (for Coatbridge and Airdrie), Motherwell and Lockerbie in Scotland and in England at Carlisle, Preston, Crewe, Nuneaton and Milton Keynes, before terminating at London Euston.
The line will avoid the congested Edinburgh and Glasgow stations, giving passengers a faster service without any changes required. Electric trains will be used along the route, with a potential travelling speed of up to 125mph.
We have started discussions with Transport Scotland, local authorities along the route and ScotRail to discuss how we can invest in station upgrades at Larbert, Greenfaulds, Whifflet and Lockerbie to improve passenger and staff facilities.
This new operation will be based in Scotland where the trains would be maintained, with an additional base at Preston or Crewe to operate the southern end of the route. The new operation is expected to create approximately 100 new and permanent full-time roles.
All aboard for a relaxing experience
We will provide the very best on-board experience – where we value every single customer, provide free wi-fi for everyone and a good choice of catering and refreshments regardless of your ticket price.
Our comfortable trains will provide more space and leg-room for passengers compared to other train providers, with good space for luggage and bicycles.
All our journeys will have a full complement of safety-trained staff onboard, so passengers can be confident their service is as safe as possible.
Our Seat Guarantee
Passengers rightly expect to receive a seat – and a seat will be part of the ticket price for all journeys over 30 minutes. If we cannot provide a seat on a particular journey, we will refund a standing passenger 50% of their ticket price for that journey, or if they buy a ticket onboard, discount their ticket at the time of purchase.
As well as selling advance tickets, passengers will also be able to buy tickets on the train at a fair price. Passengers will also be able to use railcards for on-train ticket purchase.
A New Freight Service
Our passenger service will also transport light and urgent freight by utilising empty space in the non-passenger part of our trains.
Working with rail freight logistics specialists Intercity Railfreight, we will provide a reliable freight moving option for business, over long distances, with no impact on passengers and no delays in service.
Importantly, this service will reduce long distance road transport and provide a cleaner, greener way to transport small and urgent items between Scotland and London.