Help keep our services safe for those who need them most.
Only travel by train if you have no other alternative.

Last updated: 25/05/2020

Please follow latest Government guidelines and only travel by train if you have no alternative. Help us keep our services safe for those who need them most.

Updated timetables

There are new updates to our timetable. These changes will take effect from 18 May 2020, and can be viewed here:

Updated timetables

Please note that timetables are being updated more frequently than usual at this time, so please check your journey before you travel. For travel dates below, timetables are due to be available as follows:

Travel date Timetable available from  Reservations open from
Monday 1st June Thursday 28 May  Saturday 30 May
 Saturday 6 June  Friday 5 June  Friday 5 June
 Sunday 7 June Friday 5 June  Saturday 6 June

 

Book before you travel

To help keep you and our colleagues safe, we have reduced the seating capacity onboard our trains to promote social distancing. For journeys from 18 May 2020 onwards, we therefore strongly recommend you book a place on the train to travel on our services, as there will be very limited availability. If you don’t have a booking for your preferred train, there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to board.

If you’re making a booking on or after 15 May, you’ll get a reserved space automatically with your booking. It won’t be a specific seat number, but your place is counted and you can take a seat onboard in line with social distancing guidelines.


Already have a booking?

If you’ve already made a booking for one of our services, the train you planned to travel on may have been affected by the timetable changes. If this is the case, your ticket will be accepted on the service either side of your originally booked train.

To make sure you can board your preferred train, or if you are a flexible ticket or Season ticket holder, please book your place by contacting 
seat.reservations@avantiwestcoast.co.uk with your name, journey details and booking reference or ticket.  Please note that seat preferences are not possible at this time.

See our FAQs for more information. 

For any other enquiries please get in touch.

Safe travels

As we increase our safety measures, we trust you’ll also do your bit for the safety of our colleagues, customers and communities. 
For customers travelling to or from Scotland, please be aware that guidance from the Scottish Government states that you should, and are expected to, wear a face covering when travelling by rail.


How you can protect others:

  • Wear face coverings at our stations and onboard.
  • Use contactless payments where possible.
  • Keep on top of good hand hygiene.
  • Respect social distancing.
  • Support our staff and follow their guidelines.

Our teams are:

  • Encouraging good hand hygiene among our staff in line with the advice from Public Health England.
  • Enhancing cleaning routines onboard our trains and at stations with a focus on door buttons, grab handles, tables, equipment and all touch points.
  • Requesting contactless payments and ticket inspections where possible.

At our stations:

  • Queue management will be in place outside some stations to support social distancing inside and on platforms.
  • All Ticket Office counters will be fitted with a temporary screen for the period that social distancing remains in place. We are also temporarily reducing staffing in our ticket office to ensure our team are available for other roles vital to the running of the trains. The ticket office at Penrith is closed until further notice however staff are still available at the station should you need assistance.
  • Wherever possible, customers flows will follow a one-way system.  This includes entrance and exit only points.
  • We’ve increased signage and floor markings to help you safely find your way.
  • Boarding controls will be established to help with social distancing onboard the train.   
  • Our First Class Lounges and waiting rooms remain closed until further notice.
  • Customers must have a reservation before boarding the train. These can be made up to five minutes before you’re scheduled to travel.

Onboard our trains:

  • We’re actively managing capacity to enable social distancing. This will be promoted onboard with markers to guide you.
  • Where possible, please follow the guidance below when taking a seat onboard –
  • Standing will not be permitted on any train.
  • Tickets will be inspected visually, but not handled.
  • Shops onboard Pendolino services will be open with protective screens and safety lines in place.
  • Shops onboard Voyager trains are closed. Because of this, there are no food and drink options available onboard these services.
  • First Class at-seat food and beverage services are suspended. If you’re travelling First Class on a Pendolino service and require refreshments, you’ll be entitled to complimentary snacks from our onboard shop. You’ll just need to present our colleagues with your ticket.
  • We’re not accepting re-usable coffee cups at this time.

Needing help whilst you make an essential journey?

By letting us know your travel requirements in advance, we can help make sure you have a hassle-free journey. There are extra measures in place to ensure the safety of you and our teams, including the use of face coverings. You can find more information here Assisted Travel.

Planned improvement works

During the Spring 2020 season, Network Rail will be working on vital improvements along the West Coast Main Line .

There’ll be some changes to our weekend services from Saturday 4 April – Sunday 7 June, as sections of the West Coast Main Line are closed whilst Network Rail carry out essential upgrade works. There’ll be a reduced timetable, some journeys will take longer, and some may involve a rail replacement service. Find out more here.

During the weeks commencing 1 June and 15 June, there’ll be further changes to our services to and from London Euston between 8pm and 8am Monday - Friday, as Network Rail carry out essential improvement work.

We advise you to check before you travel and only continue with your journey if it’s essential. You can find all the details and changes to our services on the Planned improvement works page.

Changing your travel plans

All refunds and amendments are processed at the point of purchase. If you got your ticket through another retailer, you’ll need to get in touch with them directly for advice on changes and refunds.

Fee-free refunds and amendments are available on tickets bought before 7am on 23 March 2020 for journeys on or after this date. This applies to all Advance, Off-Peak and Anytime tickets purchased direct at avantiwestcoast.co.uk, our app, as well as from our colleagues at stations and onboard.

If you’d like to apply for a refund, please read the following advice to understand which process applies for you.

"I purchased my ticket at avantiwestcoast.co.uk or on the app."

If you have an Anytime or Off-Peak ticket, and you have an account with us, the fastest way to amend your journey, or claim a refund, is by using My Account. For Anytime, Off-Peak or Super Off-Peak tickets, your refund can be requested within 56 days of your ticket's validity. Refunds and amendments to Advance ticket types can also be made via the My Account section of our website. However, you will need to request a refund before your booked train departs. Admin fees have been waived, but any price increase for alterations will need to be paid:

My Account: Refund Off-Peak, Advance or Anytime ticket

If you don’t have an account or experience any other issues using My Account then please fill in the following web form. Make sure you include your booking reference as these claims are processed manually.

Refund web form

“I bought my ticket at a station."

If you bought your ticket from one of our team at the station, then you’ll still be able to apply for a refund without leaving the house.  For Anytime, Off-Peak or Super Off-Peak tickets, your refund can be requested within 56 days of your ticket's validity. For refunds to Advance ticket types , you will need to request a refund before your booked train departs. Admin fees have been waived at this time.

To see how, please follow the link below:

Refund for station-bought tickets

Please note, that only tickets that have been purchased at one of our stations or from one of our team can be refunded by Avanti West Coast. This process does not apply to Season tickets. If you have a Season ticket, please follow the information outlined further below.

Please use the link below to see a list of all our stations (including the Network Rail managed stations): 
Avanti West Coast stations

“I have a Season ticket.”

Season ticket holders can also apply for a refund, depending on the length of time unused on the ticket. Please note an admin fee applies for changes to Season tickets.

Because of discounts applied to long-term Season tickets, refunds are not made pro rata and annual Season tickets have no refund value after approximately 10 months. If this applies to you, please do not void your ticket. If you’re unsure, please email the team for more information.

You’ll be able to backdate your refund up to the last date on which you travelled, however, from the 12th May refunds can only be backdated up to a maximum of 56 days.

To find out more information and how to get a refund on your Season ticket, please follow the link below:

Season ticket refunds

For those wishing to refund a Car Park Season ticket, please also use the link above.

We are currently experiencing a very high volume of refund requests for Advance tickets and Season tickets and they may take up to 28 days to be processed. Due to measures taken in order to minimise the spread of COVID-19, our call centre is closed at the moment. 

FAQs

Is it safe to travel on a train?

The current Government and NHS guidelines suggest that you should continue to use public transport for essential travel only. If your travel is essential and you need more assistance please use our Passenger Assist page.

Can I use a train if I am showing cold or flu-like symptoms?

If you are suffering cold or flu-like symptoms, you should now be self-isolating for 14 days according to government guidelines. You should follow NHS advice to reduce the risk of catching coronavirus or spreading it to others.

Can I use a train if I have been asked to self-isolate?

No. If you have been asked by 111 or a medical professional to self-isolate; or if you are have showing cold or flu-like symptoms then you should avoid public places and contact with other people for at least 14 days. The NHS has more information about how to self-isolate.

Can I use a train if I have coronavirus?

No. If you have been diagnosed with coronavirus or are showing symptoms, you should follow the advice from the NHS.

How can I make a reservation?

Reservations can be made at the time of booking your journey on the Avanti West Coast website – simply select the service you would like to travel on. If you have a flexible ticket (Off-Peak, Anytime) or are a Season ticket holder, you can make a reservation by getting in touch here: seat.reservations@avantiwestcoast.co.uk

My booking shows a reserved place but no allocated seat, do I need to add a reservation?

No – you’re all set, these are booked spaces rather than seat reservations. When taking a seat onboard, please respect social distancing following guidelines set out above.


Thank you for your continued support.