Great North Western Railway

GNWR is seeking to introduce new train services on the West Coast Main Line (WCML) between London Euston and North West stations into West Yorkshire, London Euston to Carlisle via the Cumbrian Coast, and London Euston  to Blackpool.

To view GNWR’s West Coast Mainline application please click here.

Proposed Route Map

WCML Route Map

Services outlined are planned to start in 2016 following the introduction of new rolling stock, and the considerable task of negotiating acceptance of the proposals through the industry’s mechanisms which is currently being udertaken.

GNWR recognises the importance that passengers place on direct services, value for money, reliability, quality and comfort, and will ensure its proposals are fully developed in association with future passengers and stakeholders.


 Recent evidence has shown that new operators offering a simple to understand package give confidence and clarity on ticket purchase, and whilst GNWR accepts that it will not always be the cheapest option, there will be a transparent consistency in its pricing. The fact that there will also be choice for passengers is a major benefit and helps direct operator focus to the quality of their own service delivery.

The WCML has seen a considerable amount of investment during the recent upgrade and the current operator offers a high quality and high frequency timetable. However, many important and influential towns and cities do not enjoy such a service. GNWR intends to directly link not only those towns and cities with London, but also with each other.

Alliance is also working with Network Rail and other interested parties on the provision of improved facilities at a number of geographically important locations to make these stations safer and more accessible to support the challenge of changing travel patterns, particularly in encouraging car drivers to travel by train.

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