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LNER, Avanti and CrossCountry services affected as RMT members walk out at 14 train operators across England.
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Major rail companies have advised passengers to not travel on their services during planned strike action next week.
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MailOnline Travel's Ted Thornhill travelled between London and Manchester and sat in the posh end - coach K. There he experienced Avanti's ramped-up restaurant-style service.
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LNER have issued a 'do not travel' warning while CrossCountry are running no services north of Edinburgh.
Those travelling to Glasgow from the south using Avanti West Coast will be forced to deal with a reduced hourly service, however most ScotRail trains are operating normally with some delays.
ScotRail said the routes most likely to affected by the weather include Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh, Glasgow to Fort William, Oban and Mallaig, and Kilwinning to Largs and Ardrossan.
Services will be suspended on the West Highland Line from early afternoon until noon on Monday.
Those travelling to Largs or Ardrossan should expect disruption around high tide, at midday, with the storm potentially meaning trains will be unable to run.
Trains going between Edinburgh and Helensburgh Central will terminate at start back from Dumbarton Central with a shuttle bus operating between Dumbarton and Helensburgh in both directions.
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The first overhaul of a Pendolino train is expected to be completed by early Autumn 2020.
The last Virgin train left Euston on Saturday evening, ending Britain's longest-running rail franchise.
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UK: First Trenitalia has awarded Hitachi Rail a contract to supply and maintain 23 inter-city trainsets for use on Avanti West Coast services. The contract announced on December 6 is worth £350m.
Due to enter service from 2022, the 200 km/h trains to be assembled at Hitachis Newton Aycliffe factory would come in two versions. Hitachi is to supply 10 seven-car electric trainsets with 453 seats to be used on services to the West Midlands and Liverpool, and 13 five-car bi-mode trains with 301 seats for services to north Wales. The latter would replace the existing fleet of Class 221 Voyager sets supplied by Bombardier.
The trains, the staff and the entire management team may be staying the same, but passengers on intercity west coast mainline services will next month no longer be boarding a Virgin train but riding on a rebranded, 'ready and fit for the future', Avanti. The name Avanti, according to new operators FirstGroup and Trenitalia, 'embodies progress and forward movement', and is Italian for 'forward' and 'let's go'.