Credit: Tom Stevenson

Avanti West Coast to introduce additional services to Manchester and the West Midlands

Avanti West Coast increases service levels from Monday 28 February in response to increased demand. 

  • West Coast Main Line operator to run more services from Monday 28 February
  • Manchester and Birmingham to get second hourly service to and from London
  • Further timetable uplift planned for May 2022

Avanti West Coast (AWC) will be increasing service levels from next week as part of changes to its current timetable and in response to increased demand.

With passengers returning to rail, the Manchester and West Midlands routes will see the addition of a second hourly service to and from London Euston. This will increase the AWC operation to six trains per hour on the West Coast Main Line. From Monday 28 February, the operator will be running the following:

  • Two services to Manchester Piccadilly;
  • Two services to Birmingham New Street with one service continuing in alternate hours to Blackpool/ Preston and Edinburgh;
  • One service to Glasgow Central; and
  • One service to Liverpool Lime Street.

North Wales will also get a second direct daily service to / from London in addition to a shuttle service between Holyhead and Crewe. Shrewsbury and Wrexham will both be served by one return service per day.

This will be followed by a further timetable change scheduled to take place on Sunday 15 May, when an additional uplift to the number of services on the network is planned.

Phil Whittingham, Managing Director at Avanti West Coast added: “As Covid restrictions are eased and people are returning to rail, we are pleased to announce a phased increase in service levels in line with demand.

“Avanti West Coast remains committed to supporting the ongoing recovery of our economy and the communities we serve, whilst enabling our customers to travel with confidence. We will continue to monitor demand and work with governments and industry partners to ensure we strike the right balance between connectivity and value for money for taxpayers.”

Contact Information

Richard Stanton

Avanti West Coast


Notes to editors

Timetable summary from 28 February 2022 (Mon – Fri)


One train per hour to Manchester calling at Milton Keynes, Stoke-on-Trent, Macclesfield, and Stockport.

One train per hour to Manchester calling at Crewe, Wilmslow, and Stockport.

West Midlands and Edinburgh/Blackpool

One train per hour to Birmingham calling at Watford Junction, Milton Keynes, Rugby, Coventry, Birmingham International.

One train per hour to Birmingham calling at Milton Keynes, Coventry, Birmingham International, Birmingham New Street, Sandwell and Dudley, Wolverhampton, Crewe, Warrington, Wigan, and Preston.

One train every two hours will continue to Edinburgh, and one train every two hours will continue to Blackpool or terminate at Preston.


One train per hour direct to Glasgow departing at xx30, calling at Warrington, Wigan, Preston, Lancaster, Oxenholme/Penrith and Carlisle. 


One train per hour to Liverpool, calling at Stafford, Crewe, and Runcorn.


Two trains per day will run in each direction between London Euston and Holyhead – 0551 & 1357 Holyhead – Euston; 0910 & 1810 Euston – Holyhead. A shuttle service will operate between Holyhead and Crewe.


Current service continues, one return train per day.


About Avanti West Coast

Avanti West Coast, operator of intercity rail services on the West Coast Main Line, is a joint venture between FirstGroup and Trenitalia, delivering a cleaner, greener railway that drives the West Coast forward.

We’re on a mission to revolutionise train travel, linking together the towns and major cities of the UK to create an iconic railway the country can be proud of. We’ve got big plans including a fleet of new intercity trains, as well as the complete refurbishment of the existing Pendolino train fleet. We are rolling out a much-improved onboard service with enhanced free Wi-Fi, plug sockets, 25,000 brand new seats and improved catering. Since 8 December 2019, passengers have benefitted from improved passenger compensation, available for journeys delayed by just 15 minutes.

For the latest news, visit the Avanti West Coast Media Room: https://newsdesk.avantiwestcoast.co.uk/

Press Office: 0845 000 3333