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West Coast main line delays over Easter

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Stretches of the the West Coast main line will be closed for four days over Easter, leading to delays of up to two hours on journeys between Glasgow and London.

Virgin Trains are advising Scots to go to Edinburgh and use the East Coast main line to London as major engineering works take place.

The trip is expected to take around six hours instead of the normal journey time of four hours and 32 minutes because of the diversions .

Virgin Trains are also warning passengers of overcrowding over the Easter weekend.

Virgin Trains cut on-the-day prices to Glasgow

Virgin Trains has announces it is to cut the price of on-the-day rail travel between Preston and Glasgow by 10% from tomorrow, Wednesday, 9 July.

The promotion will run until 3 August making it, they claim, easier for passengers to get to an enjoy the Commonwealth Games in the city.

The promotion will see a Day Return on Virgin Trains’ services from Preston to Glasgow now costing £35.

Passengers in Oxenholme, Penrith and Carlisle are also set to make savings, with the cost of a Carlisle to Glasgow Day Return priced at £22, 9% cheaper than the usual Off-Peak Standard Return.

Virgin Trains added an extra 3000 seats every weekday to its Anglo-Scottish services last December, to support the demand for travel to Glasgow this summer.

They expect to make up to 70,000 journeys to and from Glasgow over the two weeks of the Commonwealth Games.

West Coast Main line will stay with Virgin

It's been confirmed that Virgin will continue to operate the West Coast Main line. Their contract has been extended for a further two years and nine months.

The announcement follows on from a two year controversy surrounding who had the rights to operate the line. The governement had awarded it to First Group but "significant technical flaws" in the bidding process meant bidding had to be re-opened.

Mike Hewitson, Head of Policy for Passenger Focus, spoke to ITV's Ian Payne about the deal.

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