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CrossCountry Core Services
The company operates medium and long-distance services that run outside of the London area. The network is centred at Birmingham New Street station.
Services can be categorised into two types:
  • Inter-City: long-distance, fast services between the South of England and the North of England or Scotland via Birmingham, these routes are typically operated by Voyagers or HST sets.
  • Regional: medium-distance, stopping or semi-fast services between Birmingham and other cities in the Midlands, as well as some longer runs to Wales and West Anglia. These are usually operated by Turbostars.
CrossCountry's official website does show a distinction between the two types of services (for example, each has a separate timetable booklet), but does not explicitly call them Inter-City and Regional.
CrossCountry Services
As of May 2023, the Monday-Friday daytime services, with frequencies in trains per hour (tph), include:
CrossCountry South West to Manchester and Scotland
  • Plymouth – Edinburgh Waverley   1 tph
Totnes, Newton Abbot, Exeter St Davids, Tiverton Parkway, Taunton, Bristol Temple Meads, Bristol Parkway, Cheltenham Spa, Birmingham New Street, Tamworth (1tp2h), Burton-on-Trent (1tp2h), Derby, Chesterfield (1tp2h), Sheffield, Wakefield Westgate, Leeds, York, Darlington, Durham, Newcastle, Morpeth (1tp2h), Alnmouth (1tp2h), Berwick-upon-Tweed, Dunbar (3tpd)
  • Services typically call either at Tamworth or Burton-on-Trent, and either at Morpeth or Alnmouth.
  • 2 trains per day run to Penzance, calling at St Erth, Redruth, Truro, St Austell, Bodmin Parkway, Liskeard.
  • 1 train per day starts at Aberdeen, calling at Stonehaven, Montrose, Arbroath, Dundee, Leuchars, Cupar, Ladybank, Markinch, Kirkcaldy, Inverkeithing and Haymarket.
  • 1 train per day extends to and from Glasgow Central, calling at Haymarket and Motherwell.
  • Bristol Temple Meads – Manchester Piccadilly   1 tph
Bristol Parkway, Cheltenham Spa, Birmingham New Street, Wolverhampton, Stafford, Stoke-on-Trent, Macclesfield, Stockport
3 trains per day run to Paignton, calling at Torquay, Newton Abbot, Teignmouth, Dawlish, Exeter St Davids, Tiverton Parkway Taunton, Weston-super-Mare (1tpd)
  • Bournemouth – Manchester Piccadilly   1 tph
Brockenhurst (2tpd), Southampton Central, Southampton Airport Parkway, Winchester, Basingstoke, Reading, Oxford, Banbury, Leamington Spa, Coventry, Birmingham International, Birmingham New Street, Wolverhampton, Stafford, Stoke-on-Trent, Macclesfield, Stockport
  • Reading – Newcastle   5 tpd
Oxford, Banbury, Leamington Spa, Birmingham New Street, Derby, Sheffield, Doncaster, York, Darlington, Durham
CrossCountry Cardiff to Stansted and Nottingham
  • Cardiff Central – Nottingham 1 tph
Newport, Chepstow (2tp3h), Lydney (1tp3h), Gloucester, Cheltenham Spa, Worcestershire Parkway, University, Birmingham New Street, Wilnecote, Tamworth, Burton-on-Trent, Willington (irregular), Derby, Long Eaton, Beeston
Services call at either Chepstow or Lydney
  • Birmingham New Street – Cambridge   1tp2h
Coleshill Parkway, Nuneaton, Leicester, Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Stamford, Peterborough, March, Ely
  • Birmingham New Street – Stansted Airport   1tp2h
Coleshill Parkway, Nuneaton, Leicester, Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Stamford, Peterborough, March, Ely, Cambridge
  • Birmingham New Street – Leicester   1 tph
Water Orton (1tp2h), Coleshill Parkway, Nuneaton, Hinckley, Narborough, South Wigston (1tp2h)
Services call at either Water Orton or South Wigston.
These services combine to provide higher frequencies between Birmingham and the following major destinations:
  • Wolverhampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Macclesfield, Stockport and Manchester: two trains per hour
  • Derby: at least two trains per hour
  • Sheffield, York, Darlington and Newcastle: at least one train per hour via Leeds
  • Nottingham: one train per hour
  • Leicester: two trains per hour
  • Leamington Spa, Oxford and Reading: two trains per hour (including one via Coventry)
  • Cheltenham: three trains per hour
  • Bristol: two trains per hour
  • The Sunday service pattern is mostly similar to the weekday one, except that services typically do not start until late morning or early afternoon, and often have a slightly different stopping pattern. Several Bristol–Manchester trains start from Birmingham New Street on Sundays.
CrossCountry Overview
CrossCountry Franchise(s):
New CrossCountry
11 November 2007 - 15 October 2023
CrossCountry Main Region(s): East MidlandsNorth East EnglandNorth West EnglandSouth West EnglandWest MidlandsYorkshire & the Humber
CrossCountry Other Region(s): East of EnglandScotlandSouth East EnglandWales
CrossCountry Fleet Size:
12 Class 43s for 5 High Speed Train sets, 2 spares.
40 Mark 3 carriages
29 Class 170 Turbostars
34 Class 220 Voyagers
24 Class 221 Super Voyagers
CrossCountry Stations Called At: 120
CrossCountry Parent Company: Arriva UK Trains
CrossCountry Headquarters: Birmingham
CrossCountry Reporting Mark: XC
CrossCountry Predecessor:
Virgin CrossCountry
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CrossCountry Technical Length: 2,397.9 km (1,490.0 mi)
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