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Avanti West Coast employee reaches half a century on railway

A Cumbrian railwayman who is Carlisle station’s longest serving member of staff has achieved 50 years’ service on the West Coast Main Line.   Team Leader, Brian Farish, 67, who has worked on the railway in Cumbria for five decades...

Railway Mission and Avanti West Coast help rural communities prepare for winter

Churches and other community hubs in rural Lancashire and Cheshire are prepared for the worst of the winter weather thanks to Railway Mission and Avanti West Coast. Railway Mission, a Christian faith-based charity that provides the chaplaincy service to the...

Avanti West Coast wins long-term contract after improvements

The Department for Transport (DfT) has today (19th September) awarded Avanti West Coast a long-term contract enabling it to deliver improved services for passengers after dramatically reducing cancellations to as low as 1.1% over the past year. A long-term contract...

Avanti West Coast’s Pendolino fleet upgrade reaches major milestone

The UK’s largest ever fleet upgrade has passed a major milestone with the refurbishment of its final 11-carriage Pendolino. Work has now begun on the remaining 21 nine-carriage trains which make up the 56 strong Avanti West Coast fleet. Widely regarded...

Avanti West Coast supports colleagues affected by menopause with drop-in session

Avanti West Coast has hosted its first drop-in session to support colleagues affected by menopause spearheaded by an employee who wanted to raise awareness of the subject. Designed to provide support for women at Avanti West Coast, the drop-in follows...

Interactive map helps Avanti West Coast customers keep track of their train

Avanti West Coast has launched an interactive live rail map online to help customers track their train in real-time during their journey. Collaborating with rail tech innovator, Signalbox, Avanti West Coast has introduced a map feature on its website as...

Avanti West Coast announces new managing director

Andy Mellors has been appointed managing director of rail operator Avanti West Coast with immediate effect. Andy has previously held senior roles at Great Western Railway, South Western Railway and most recently as managing director of FirstGroup’s non-franchised rail...

Avanti West Coast provides instant accessibility help during journeys

Avanti West Coast has launched a dedicated communications channel to provide disabled customers with instant help during their journey in a first for the UK rail industry. Called ‘Travel Companion’, the channel utilises the widely used messaging app, WhatsApp, to...

Avanti West Coast’s new fleet begins dynamic testing

The first of Avanti West Coast’s new fleet of trains has begun dynamic testing at Network Rail’s Rail Innovation and Development Centre (RIDC) in Leicestershire. In a major milestone for the £350 million project, the Class 805 bi-mode train, which...

Avanti West Coast becomes first operator to join UKRRIN

Avanti West Coast has become the first train operator to join a prestigious network of world-leading experts and facilities aiming to revolutionise rail travel, led by the University of Birmingham. The intercity operator, which serves major towns and cities on...

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CIRO chief executive to step down after 12-years

CIRO Chief Executive Fiona Tordoff has announced she will step down from her role following more than a decade...