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The Independent

Avanti West Coast to spice up providers after slashing timetables in August



Practice operator Avanti West Coast is to extend its providers after slashing timetables greater than 5 weeks in the past.

The corporate mentioned it can run further trains on its key London-Manchester and London-Birmingham routes from Tuesday September 27.

Companies might be boosted once more in December as soon as new drivers full coaching.

Companies might be elevated additional subsequent month (PA)

Avanti West Coast diminished its timetable from seven trains per hour to only 4 per hour from August 14.

This was geared toward slicing short-notice cancellations after a pointy decline within the variety of drivers voluntarily engaged on relaxation days for further pay.

The corporate is one in every of many prepare operators engaged in an industrial dispute with its staff.

Avanti West Coast will initially run a further 10 day by day trains between London Euston and Manchester Piccadilly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, and an additional six on Wednesdays.

An additional 4 day by day providers will function between London Euston and Birmingham New Road on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

Timetables on the remaining days might be boosted “as quickly as doable”, the corporate mentioned.

The additional enhance to providers in December will see a return of three trains an hour between London and Manchester, an additional hourly prepare between London and Birmingham, and the restoration of direct trains to North Wales.

Workplace of Rail and Street figures analysed by the PA information company present Avanti West Coast was the worst-performing operator for reliability between July 24 to August 20.

It had its highest ever cancellations rating for a four-week interval of 14.9%.

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