Trains restored on the west coast main line after sharp reductions in schedules
After criticism from passengers about overcrowded services, Avanti West Coast is restoring some of the trains that were canceled due to understaffing.
Departures on the main west coast main lines from London Euston to Birmingham and Manchester have been reduced by two-thirds to just an hour due to crew issues, leading to some trains having only standing places.
By Monday August 16, the two cities will be served twice an hour.
Services to other destinations including North Wales, Blackpool, Edinburgh and Glasgow have been cut.
The ticket reservation issues were compounded by an online warning message: “Seat reservations are required for this trip.”
After The independent pointed out that the statement was incorrect, it was deleted. Passengers can purchase “on-foot” tickets – called anytime, off-peak or super-off-peak – and board cars with unreserved seats.
Long-planned engineering work will cut services to and from London Euston during the late summer break.
Avanti West Coast has also started selling train tickets for the August bank holiday weekend – just 18 days in advance. Until Tuesday, the rail operator could not confirm which services it would be able to operate.
Network Rail tells passengers: “A modified schedule will be in place to / from London Euston all weekend, with platforms 12-16 out of service.”