Since Virgin launched their Virgin High Frequency (VHF) service a year ago, resulting in a 30% step-up in train frequency and faster journey times, the TOC has carried 25.4 million passengers. This is the best ever annual passenger figure since VT was awarded the West Coast Main Line franchise.
In total passenger numbers have increased by 15% and the popularity of rail travel over air is evident in the fact that rail now accounts for over 80% of the market share on the London to Manchester route and the TOC’s share has doubled to 17% on the London to Glasgow route.
Tony Collins, VT’s CEO, said ” After a year of operation it is clear that VHF works. The intensive use of the network and of our trains is vital if the UK is to gain maximum benefit for the investment in the West Coast”