First TransPennine Express (FTPE), which operates services across the north of England and into Scotland has amended its timetable to give passengers improved choice and provide additional capacity.
Posters and revised timetables have been issued to stations and customers are being encouraged to check the details of their journeys as departure and arrival times might have altered slightly.
FTPE’s Scottish services connect Manchester Airport with Scotland and from this coming Sunday there will be extra services and additional seating capacity on trains.
FTPE will now operate a total of 11 services a day (Monday-Friday) in each direction between Manchester Airport and Glasgow / Edinburgh.
An additional service in each direction has also been provided between Manchester Airport and Edinburgh on a Saturday providing greater options for day trippers and those travelling away for the weekend.
Extra capacity will also be provided between Manchester and Scotland on Fridays between 24th June and 9th September with the 0725 and 1400 Manchester Airport departures to Edinburgh and the 1212 and 1812 departures from Edinburgh to Manchester Airport all scheduled to run with six carriages throughout their journey.
This will also provide increased seating for customers on the busy Manchester to Preston corridor.
Additional capacity will be provided on Fridays throughout the year on the 1000 and 1600 Manchester Airport to Edinburgh departures and the 1407 Edinburgh to Manchester Airport departures.
Customers will also be able to take advantage of more trains on a Sunday, with the vast majority of services between Manchester and Edinburgh running as six carriages throughout the full journey. Over 360 seats will be available on each of the 9 services in each direction on a Sunday, meaning a total of 1600 seats in each direction throughout the day.
An 80% improvement on the current availability coupled with great value fares between Manchester and Edinburgh starting from £18.00 single.
Edith Rodgers, FTPE’s Customer Services Director commented on the changes;
“It is great news that we have been able to provide more services and capacity on our very popular Manchester Scotland services. Customers now have even more choice and flexibility and we are sure that they will appreciate the stress free journeys and the range of great value fares we have on offer.”
“I would add that some of the departure times have changes and whilst we have provided posters at stations and new timetables we are urging passengers to check the details of their journey before they travel.”
The amended timetable will be in operation from Sunday May 22nd until Sunday 10th December 2011.
Customers can download the amended timetables by visiting the website or check live departures and arrivals by viewing FTPE’s GPS enabled mobile site by typing in the above website address to any SMART technology phone.