Virgin CrossCountry - A

Virgin CrossCountry - A
Virgin CrossCountry was a train operating company in the United Kingdom operating the InterCity CrossCountry passenger franchise from January 1997 until November 2007. Virgin CrossCountry operated some of the longest direct rail services in the United Kingdom but most avoided Greater London after 2003. All services called or terminated at Birmingham New Street.
The company traded under the Virgin Trains brand, along with the InterCity West Coast franchise, however the two franchises were operated by separate legal entities.
Virgin CrossCountry History
Virgin Rail Group was awarded the InterCity CrossCountry franchise in November 1996, with operations commencing on 5 January 1997. Services were operated by a wholly owned subsidiary, CrossCountry Trains Limited.
In October 1998, Virgin Group sold 49% of the shares in Virgin Rail Group to Stagecoach.
In the wake of the collapse of Railtrack and the inability of Network Rail to deliver on the 140 mph West Coast Main Line upgrade, both the Virgin CrossCountry and Virgin West Coast franchises were suspended in favour of management contracts in July 2002.
In September 2006 the Department for Transport announced the shortlist for the New CrossCountry franchise with Virgin Rail Group included. On 10 July 2007 the Department for Transport awarded the new CrossCountry franchise to Arriva with the services operated by Virgin CrossCountry transferring to CrossCountry on 11 November 2007.
Virgin CrossCountry Overview
Virgin CrossCountry Franchise(s): InterCity CrossCountry
6 January 1997 – 10 November 2007
Virgin CrossCountry Main Route(s): Southern England/London Paddington and South West England/South East Wales – Midlands – Northern England and Scotland
Virgin CrossCountry Fleet Size: 34 Voyager and 44 Super Voyager sets
Virgin CrossCountry Parent Company: Virgin Group (51%)
Stagecoach (49%)
Virgin CrossCountry Reporting Mark: VXC
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