Longer trains set to ease day trip stress

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train travel with kidsA trip on the train can really bring something special to a day out with your family. But sometimes it can be a bit of a nightmare.

Trains are no fun when you've got tired children to look after and nowhere for them to sit during the journey home, as well as no room for your bags or for your pram.

For families on many routes, however, day trips could improve as longer trains are being brought in to deal with increasing passenger numbers.

Virgin Trains will provide 150 extra Standard seats on some of their busiest West Coast Main Line services, as of April.

Initially, the longer trains will run on the London to Birmingham route but as more 11-carriage vehicles are introduced into service, it is hoped that the Liverpool, Glasgow and Manchester routes will also benefit from the extra seats.

Over 30 weekday services are expected to have the extra seats by the end of April.

Virgin Trains' chief executive officer, Tony Collins, said the firm had worked alongside the Department for Transport and are "delighted" to bring more seats to services.

"We have listened to feedback from our customers, staff and stakeholders and are putting the longer trains into service where the extra seats are needed the most," he said.

"The lengthened Pendolinos will provide 589 seats, with over 440 being provided for Standard customers, an increase of over 50% in the number of Standard seats."

Theresa Villiers, minister for transport, said two of the biggest challenges facing the rail industry were "tackling crowding" and cutting rail costs.

"I am delighted that we have reached agreement to bring these carriages into service," she said.

"But this is just part of the Government's plans to increase rail capacity - across the network we plan to deliver more than around 2,700 new carriages by 2019."

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