Transpennine Express to restore hourly service between the North West and Scotland

TransPennine Express (TPE) is set to increase the number of trains running between the North West and Scotland this month, just in time for the festive season.

From Sunday 12 December 2021, there will be a reintroduction of a two hourly service from Manchester to Glasgow, which when combined with the existing Manchester to Edinburgh services, provides an hourly service from the North West to Carlisle and Scotland.

Ahead of the changes, customers are advised to plan ahead and check before they travel by visiting the TPE website or National Rail Enquiries.

For the first time, a Nova 1 train will also be making its debut on the route, joining the Nova 2 fleet that already operates between the North West and Scotland. Together these trains offer an enhanced travelling experience for customers, with spacious interiors, plenty of leg room, free Wi-Fi in both Standard and First Class as well as access to onboard entertainment system, Exstream.

Jerry Farquharson, Service Planning Director for TransPennine Express said:

“With more and more people returning to rail and the festive season just around the corner, the reintroduction of an hourly TPE service between the North West and Scotland is great news for customers.

“Services on this route are very popular and I would encourage those intending to travel by train to plan their journeys in advance and book ahead.”

Customers can travel with confidence onboard TPE’s services with enhanced cleaning in place to keep everyone safe. Face coverings must be worn on trains and at stations (unless exempt).

For those looking to travel, tickets can be purchased online via our website or using the TPExpress App where people can pay using Apple Pay, Google Pay or PayPal. E-tickets are also available allowing customers to use their phone instead of a paper ticket.