CrossCountry Trains: Providing the Rail Services Connecting Britain’s Towns and Cities

Author(s): John Balmforth 

ISBN: 9781781554746
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A detailed profile of this thriving modern railway franchise, serving seven of the UK's major cities based from Birmingham.
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  • An unique insight into life behind the scenes at a thriving modern rail franchise

  • The company operates the UK's longest direct route - from Aberdeen to Penzance

  • Contains 116 photographs—all never published before

  • Of interest to both railway buffs and those with a more casual interest in the running of a modern railway

CrossCountry Trains Ltd won the right to operate the CrossCountry franchise from 11 November 2007 when the Strategic Rail Authority determined that its bid for the franchise was the best value for money and the most sustainable. CrossCountry operates the most extensive passenger rail network in the UK covering 16 million route miles per year; it also operates the longest rail service in the UK – the 08:20 a.m. Aberdeen to Penzance (774 miles).

Based in the centre of England in Birmingham, the company serves seven of the country’s largest cities and provides 295 services every weekday, which equates to around 30 million passenger journeys per year. It also employs around 1,626 employees.

The company does not operate any stations itself, but CrossCountry’s trains do call at more than 119 stations stretching from Aberdeen in the north, Stansted Airport in the east, Cardiff in the west and Penzance in the south west. With Birmingham New Street at the hub, its services crisscross the country in a similar pattern to that of the UK motorway system.

BOOK ISBN 9781781554746
FORMAT 235 x 165 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 96 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 15 January 2016
ILLUSTRATIONS 116 colour photographs



John Balmforth is a retired professional railway man who has continued a lifelong interest in the railways as the author of five successful books. These being Virgin Trains - A Decade of Progress (2007), GNER - the route of the Flying Scotsman (2008), Virgin Atlantic (2009), South West Trains (2011), Virgin Trains - From HST to Pendolino (2012). Prior to that he was Deputy Chair of the Statutory Rail Passengers Committee for the Midlands where was the author of a number of reports published by the RPC on railways.