Trains in Preston: A time of change December 2019

On December 9th First Trenitalia, to be known as Aventi, take over the West Coast Main Line services from Virgin.   Express services between London Euston, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh via Preston are effected.

Also in December new trains, Class 397, are being introduced by First Trans-Pennine Express on the Manchester to Glasgow and Edinburgh, Liverpool to Glasgow and Edinburgh all via Preston.  These replace the Class 350 which appear more like suburban trains.

This gives First a monopoly of services to Glasgow and Edinburgh from Preston.

Virgin have run the West Coast Main Line successfully since March 1997 and most people are sorry to see them go.  However the government decided their bid was non-compliant over a dispute about pension liabilities.

Also Northern has introduced its Class 195 Diesels and 331 Electric version of the new ‘Civity’ trains.  These run on diesel between Manchester Airport and Barrow.  The electric versions run from Manchester to Blackpool and Liverpool to Blackpool.

Virgin have had their logo removed from the Pendolino pending conversion to the new operator on 9th December 2019

The new Class 195 Northern Rail at Preston operating a service to Barrow in Furness

The new Class 397 electric train in sidings at Preston operated by First Trans Pennine Express

Virgin Trains Pendolino unloading at Preston 26th November 2019

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