First Trenitalia will operate train services on the West Coast Main Line from December 8.
This will include trains which travel through our region, including at Oxenholme, Penrith, Carlisle and Lockerbie's stations.
The joint venture was awarded the West Coast Partnership (WCP) contract.
In total, 263 extra services are anticipated on the railway. It's likely these will run on the new High Speed Two line, the majority of which is yet to be built.
The company also says it will have more comfortable seats on existing trains, charging points at every seat and a delay repay service which kicks in after 15 minutes.
It added that the WCP has been designed to ensure it can "implement the review's outcomes".
This award is positive news for passengers, with more services, more direct connections and ambitious plans for a cleaner, greener railway, and also represents a decisive shift towards a new model for rail.
First Trenitalia will then operate HS2 and the reshaped InterCity West Coast rail services together as an integrated operation in the second phase, from March 2026 until March 2031, under a management contract
Virgin Trains has led the industry for 22 years, delivering faster journeys to more destinations, harnessing new technology and always putting the customer first.
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We spoke to commuters at Carlisle Railway Station.