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CrossCountry History
CrossCountry Formation
During June 2006, the Department for Transport (DfT) announced its intention to restructure a number of the existing railway franchises. As a result of these changes, a 'New Cross Country' franchise was produced, which incorporated the existing InterCity Cross Country franchise run by Virgin CrossCountry.
While excluding those services ran on the West Coast Main Line (while the Birmingham to Scotland services were transferred to Virgin Trains West Coast and the Manchester to Scotland services transferring to First TransPennine Express). Several services from the Central Trains franchise were also to be added.
In October 2006, the DfT issued the invitation to tender (ITT) to the four shortlisted bidders: Arriva, FirstGroup, National Express and Virgin Rail Group. On 10 July 2007, the DfT announced that Arriva had been awarded the New Cross Country franchise, and that the services operated by Virgin CrossCountry would be transferred to CrossCountry on 11 November 2007, along with the Cardiff to Nottingham and Birmingham to Stansted Airport services from Central Trains.
CrossCountry Transfer and Withdrawal of Services
After taking over the franchise, CrossCountry continued to operate the existing timetable including the West Coast Main Line services for four weeks. When the new timetable commenced on 9 December 2007 on 11 November 2007, the Birmingham New Street to Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Central services were transferred to Virgin Trains West Coast while the Manchester Airport to Edinburgh and Glasgow services transferred to First TransPennine Express.
The ITT did not require retention of the services beyond Guildford after December 2008, so the services to both Gatwick Airport and Brighton soon ceased. As a result of these changes, all CrossCountry services now completely avoid Greater London.
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
Central Trains
CrossCountry Technical Length: 2,397.9 km (1,490.0 mi)
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