Virgin Trains brings London closer to Blackpool

To celebrate the launch of the new direct route between London and Blackpool, Virgin Trains has brought some famous London characters to the town to showcase the latest connection.

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Characters including Sherlock Holmes, a beefeater, pearly king and queen, and Covent Garden street performers delighted crowds on Blackpool Pier, highlighting that travellers can now travel direct to London Euston in just 3hrs 9mins from Blackpool.

Blackpool’s inaugural journey took place on Monday 15th December, with he town's 'Blackpool North' station set to benefit from the introduction of a daily trip to London Euston (Monday-Friday).

The service will depart at 05:25 and will call at Kirkham & Wesham, Poulton-le-Flyde, Preston, Wigan North Western, Warrington Bank Quay, Crewe and Nuneaton before arriving in London at 08:34.  The return service from London Euston departs at 16:33 and arrives back in Blackpool at 19:31.

Lead executive Phil Wittingham said: “This is an exciting time for everyone involved with Virgin Trains. Linking the town with direct services to London Euston means it’s now even easier to visit London and for Londoners to journey up, all in the comfort that has come to be expected of virgin Trains. “What better way to symbolise the new direct link than to bring some of the most iconic faces of the capital city up to visit Blackpool. By bringing up a little taste of London we hope to whet the appetite of the residents of the town, and look forward to welcoming them aboard these new services very soon.”