Avanti West Coast
"Avanti" means "Forward" in Italian.
It currently operates services mainly up the West Coast Main Line. These services are between London and various other towns and cities around Great Britain. These include direct trains to Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Wolverhampton, Shrewsbury, Chester and Blackpool. They also operate services between London and Holyhead, Wrexham or Bangor in North Wales.
Journeys with Avanti were very popular with commuters as the trains do not call at every station and only stop at some stations along their route. However, due to this, tickets for travel with them can be expensive. They were badly affected by the 2022–2023 United Kingdom railway strikes. There was often only one train an hour when there should have been three. The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham said he would ask the then Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, to take the contract off Avanti West Coast.
- Britton, Paul (2022-08-26). "Andy Burnham reveals 'dangerous stampedes' for trains from London to Manchester". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 2023-12-02.