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 Careers with Virgin Trains – Train jobs and employment in the UK
Virgin is one of the most successful and well-known brands in the UK, with a reputation built on attention to detail and outstanding customer focus.
We are committed to looking after our employees and recognise that you work better (and are better to work with!) if you enjoy what you do and have fun while you're doing it.
We want Virgin Trains to be a place where people want to participate and engage in the success and developments of our business… in an atmosphere of openness, honesty and integrity.” Sir Richard Branson
www.virgintrainscareers.co.uk   (430 words)

  National Rail Enquiries - Virgin Trains
Penalty fares are not in operation on Virgin Train services.
Copies of the Virgin Trains Disabled Peoples' Protection Policy are available free of charge from Virgin Journey Care on the given telephone numbers.
In Standard Class on all new trains there is a wide range of snacks, teas, coffees, soft and alcoholic drinks along with a selection of non food items available at the on-board shop.
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  Virgin Trains   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Virgin Trains has promised to invest £4.7bn upgrading the east coast mainline if it wins the franchise, which would involve the construction of 130 miles of new high-speed track and up to 70 new trains.
Virgin Trains is planning to bid for the franchise to run the east coast mainline, and is said to be considering the use of high-speed tilting trains.
Virgin Trains has pledged to double the number of rail passengers between Birmingham and London by 2003, using tilting trains travelling at 140mph.
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 Kids.Net.Au - Encyclopedia > Virgin Trains
Virgin Trains are a train operating company and part of Richard Branson's Virgin empire.
They succesfully bid for the franchise to run express train services on the West coast Mainline, this part of the company is called Virgin west coast.
Since taking over these franchises Virgin trains have invested heavily in new state of the art tilting trains to replace the ageing fleet of trains they inherited from British rail.
www.kids.net.au /encyclopedia-wiki/vi/Virgin_Trains   (206 words)

 Virgin Trains gets £1.4bn subsidy
Virgin Trains has reversed the industry trend of paying billion pound windfalls to the government by securing a £1.4bn subsidy for its west coast franchise.
Virgin is also in talks with the Department for Transport over adding two extra cars to its 53 high-speed tilting Pendolino trains, which would provide a further 10m seats, although the DfT is understood to be sceptical about the need for the extra capacity.
Virgin is planning to increase the number of journeys by 50% from 2008 onwards, through longer trains and more frequent services.
www.tiscali.co.uk /travel/guardian/news/2006/12/13/virgin-trains-gets-16314bn-subsidy.html   (700 words)

 Virgin Trains
Virgin Trains were criticised by the Government following the news that fares were to rise by 10%.
Virgin Trains told rail passengers wanting to take advantage of their half-price ticket offer to be patient.
A Virgin Trains spokesman said the offer was like a sale and said they had been swamped by 367,000 calls as opposed to around 20,000 on a normal day.
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 Virgin Trains suck the farts out of dead cats.
It's just a pity that Virgin hasn't really seized upon anarchy as a decent excuse for how shit it really is. They might as well say it - they seem to have no regard for organised concepts like timetables, reservations, ticket inspections, or anything else, so anyone else would perceive them as anarchistic anyway.
Also, this entire journey is making me think of the current TV advert for Virgin Trains, where the steward is looking for a doctor to help with the arrival of a passenger's baby.
Then again, the train might not have been late at that time - if it was late, the steward wouldn't be anywhere to be bloody seen anyway.
www.dummies-for-destruction.co.uk /rants/trains/trains2.html   (717 words)

 Virgin Trains Delivering World-Class Train Service with Novell NetWare 6
Virgin Trains, the United Kingdom's rail operator for CrossCountry Trains and West Coast Trains, is leading the UK in upgrading to Novell® NetWare® 6, with Cap Gemini Ernstand Young* providing the systems integration expertise to manage the rollout across the company's IBM eServer xSeries* servers.
Virgin Trains is driving an ambitious program to deliver a revolution in rail travel by 2003 and is working with partners Novell, Cap Gemini Ernstand Young and IBM to provide world-class IT services to support its business.
When Virgin Trains took over the two rail franchises, it faced the challenge of substantially improving systems that had suffered through lack of investment.
www.novell.com /news/press/archive/2001/09/pr01092.html   (704 words)

 Success Story | Capgemini
Britain's Virgin Trains needed to improve the cost effectiveness of its customer sales centres while maintaining the quality of the customer experience.
Two contact centres, run by TheTrainline on behalf of Virgin Trains, are based in Edinburgh and Dingwall, Scotland and sell rail tickets for journeys within Britain by telesales and the Internet.
A truly friendly, acceptable ‘voice of Virgin’ had to be discovered with an accent and style of speech that would be clear and popular with customers.
www.capgemini.com /resources/success-stories/thetrainline_and_virgin_trains_boost_ticket_sales_efficiency_with_hightech_ears_and_naomis_friendly_voice   (1047 words)

 UK & Ireland - press release: Virgin Trains deliver World Class Train Service with Novell NetWare 6
Virgin Trains is leading the UK in upgrading to NetWare 6, with Cap Gemini Ernst & Young* providing the systems integration expertise to manage the rollout across the company's IBM eServer xSeries* servers.
Virgin Trains is driving an ambitious programme to deliver a revolution in rail travel by 2003 and is working with partners Novell, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and IBM to provide world-class IT services to support its business.
He explained their role, saying: "Virgin Trains' IT services have operated on Novell software and IBM hardware for many years and the proven reliability of this combination gave us the confidence to develop the network and bring it to world-class standards.
www.novell.com /offices/emea/uk/news/press/virgin_trains.html   (682 words)

 Virgin Trains - Review - Branson's Rail Pickle
Conscious of the dodgy trains currently in service, Virgin Trains have tried to implement some service initiatives that, whilst they are not unwelcome, do little to detract from the generally poor quality of the trains.
Local train due to leave Watford Junction is ten minutes late due to late running London Euston Virgin Train.
Train journeys are relatively lengthy on the timetable - by the time they've actually been completed, the timetable looks rather optimistic.
www.dooyoo.co.uk /transport-international/virgin-trains/260246   (1776 words)

 Virgin Trains on-line booking service - National Conditions
The Train Company whose trains you have the right to use, or who has agreed to provide you with any other goods or services, is responsible for providing the goods or services it has agreed to provide.
On-train ticket staff will not give you permission to use first class accommodation (or the equivalent) unless they are satisfied that it is not required by anyone with a first class ticket and the standard class accommodation on the train is full.
A Train Company will only be liable for any loss or damage to luggage, articles, animals or cycles in its trains or on its premises if the loss or damage was caused by the negligent or wilful acts or omissions of its, or a Rail Service Company's, staff or agents.
www.virgintrainsfares.co.uk /Button_Bar_Pages/national.asp   (8929 words)

 Virgin Trains   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Virgin Trains operates 53 Pendolino (Class 390) electric tilting trains on the West Coast Mainline and 78 Voyager/Super Voyager (Class 200/221) diesel trains on CrossCountry.
Virgin Trains is working exclusively with QinetiQ Rail to trial a public Wi-Fi service on its trains, with a view to introducing the service on all its 131 Pendolino and Voyager/Super Voyager trains from 2006.
In addition to the on-train service, we are also providing Wi-Fi service at the stations used by Virgin Trains.
www.qinetiq.com /home/case_studies/rail/virgin_trains.html   (219 words)

 Do Virgin Trains Care About Revenue Protection?, 12/03/06, Ian Henderson's Warwick Blogs Adventure
Virgin are clearly the worst TOC, when it comes to this issue (Central Trains, for example, are much better, with several ticket-collecting staff on many of their trains).
Having said this, Virgin have worked wonders on the West Coast and Cross Country routes in my opinion, with vast investments in new trains (admittedly, at the leasing companies expense, not Virgin's), and punctuality and reliability are ever-improving.
The trainmanager is responsible for the safety of passangers onboard there train and although some trainmanagers may seem layed back and to the untrained eye not performing there duties they are paid for what they know and in the event of any accident it is the trainmanager who is responsible.
blogs.warwick.ac.uk /ianhenderson/entry/do_virgin_trains   (1192 words)

 Railway Technology - West Coast Main Line Pendolino Tilting Trains operated by Virgin Trains, United Kingdom
Virgin announced plans for a new fleet of Class 390 Pendolino electric tilting trains, designed to operate at up to 140mph when route modernisation was completed.
Like the infrastructure, the trains Virgin inherited were from a previous generation, so Virgin quickly entered a deal with train builders Fiat and Alstom to replace the existing fleet with 53 nine-coach fixed-formation tilting trains, based on the Italian manufacturer's 'Pendolino' concept.
Based on an eight-year timescale, during which government subsidy to main operator Virgin was to fall from £68.4m to a £126.6m premium payment in 2006–07, the smooth continuation of services during the modernisation work is vital to the project's success.
www.railway-technology.com /projects/virgin   (1217 words)

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 BBC NEWS | England | Virgin Trains chaos 'over by Christmas'
Virgin Trains says it hopes to have its troubled Voyager services running properly by Christmas.
Virgin's new flag-ship fleet of Voyager trains is facing disruption around the country caused by slippery rails and landslips, and in Devon by sea spray.
The £4m trains were introduced in the South West in August, replacing 35-year-old locomotives and 25-year-old coaches.
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 GNER boss call's Virgin trains `cheap and nasty' Independent, The (London) - Find Articles   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Any new long distance train should have a locomotive at the front rather than noisy under floor engines which are known to irritate passengers over the longer Crosscountry journeys.
Train builders were not stepping forward with new designs for high quality long distance trains, he complained.
A Virgin spokesman said, however, that since 2002 when the company began "Operation Princess" which increased service on the Crosscountry network with voyager cars, the number of passengers had increased by 40 per cent and satisfaction rates among customers were in excess of 85 per cent.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_20040112/ai_n9686062   (607 words)

 Business: Speed-rail contractor talks with Virgin Trains
Virgin Atlantic flies about a million people to Florida now, many of them into Orlando, but also arranges tours by another subsidiary, Virgin Holidays, that brings many of the Orlando tourists into the Tampa Bay area for the attractions and beaches.
Officials of Virgin Trains roamed Florida this week to talk with contractors and officials of the Florida High Speed Rail Authority, which plans a $2.6-billion bullet-train system between Orlando and Tampa.
Virgin Trains operates rail lines that run from Scotland to southern England, including two that use high-speed trains.
www.sptimes.com /2004/02/21/Business/Speed_rail_contractor.shtml   (499 words)

 Missed danger signal said to have caused Virgin Trains crash
However, his train had already passed onto the fast line and the warning was received too late to warn the 110 mph express of the danger.
The driver, Roy Eccles (56) spotted the train ahead of him and made an emergency brake application slowing the Virgin train to about 50 mph at the moment of impact.
The trains involved were the Virgin Trains 0635 London Euston to Glasgow Central service which was headed by a class 87 locomotive No 87027 'Wolf of Badenoch'.
danger-ahead.railfan.net /reports/rep99/winsford990624.html   (590 words)

 Virgin Megastores : On Western Lines - Oxford To Didcot
The station is well served by passenger trains including the popular DMUs and loco-hauled Virgin trains in the form of Class 47s.
Trains can easily be photographed and filmed from the pedestrian footbridge and you can watch trains being loaded and unloaded ready for dispatch.
Trains seen here are 37s, 47s, 57s and of course 66s; again non stop action.
www.virginmegastores.co.uk /invt/704656   (396 words)

 Virgin Trains
The pledge to purchase a new fleet of trains for VXC was duly met when, on the 4th December 1998, a £1.06 billion "build and maintain" order was placed with Bombardier Transportation for 78 new "Voyager" trains.
The first complete Voyager train was finished in Belgium in autumn 2000, and the first operational Voyager arrived in the UK for testing in January 2001.
Following a review of the WCML project by Virgin Trains in 2002, it was decided to take up the option of 44 further coaches, each of which can hold 76 passengers, and they will be delivered at the end of the production run.
www.lococarriage.org.uk /virgin_trains.htm   (1700 words)

 Virgin Trains
Our goal has been to create a train service of which our customers and employees can be proud and we have achieved this through substantial investment in a fleet of new trains to replace those inherited from British Rail in 1997.
Our trains operate to ‘clockface' timetables to provide clarity for customers in arrival and departure times, and thread effortlessly between the industrial and commercial centres of Britain avoiding the need to change trains.
The state-of-the-art Voyager trains are designed to provide maximum passenger comfort, with air-conditioning, charging facilities for laptops and mobile phones and built-in audio entertainment at every seat.
www.virgintrains.com /aboutus/xcbid2.aspx   (685 words)

 Virgin trains   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Dave Sallery, press officer for the branch, said the indications were that Virgin Trains will try to turn the rail route into an airline-style operation, forcing everyone to buy their ticket and specify journeys days in advance unless they can afford a very high walk-on fare.
The chances of more new trains being ordered for North Wales at a later date are slim because the rail franchises would not be long enough for those trains to earn a financial return.
Virgin's policy so far has been to increase the price of the unregulated Super Saver ticket faster than inflation, and impose restrictions on times when regulated Saver tickets can be used.
www.chartist.demon.co.uk /rdsw/virg1.htm   (645 words)

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