In this issue
Welcome to the Red Letter
A final message from Phil
Our trains
Virgin Trains upgrades Voyager services with Free WIFI & BEAM for all
Our destinations
Liverpool City Region Upgrade Work
Virgin Trains flies the flag for Coventry
Business news
Virgin Trains offers 100% digital tickets
Virgin Trains uniforms put to good use for the homeless
Virgin Trains supports MyTime project
Virgin Trains opens the door to the first ever Calm Corner
All aboard the Virgin Trains Chat Carriage
Charity open day raises in excess of £50k
Virgin Trains gets behind The Big LEGO® Brick Hospital
CRP Corner
Community Rail Lancashire
North Cheshire Community Rail Partnership (CRP)
North Staffordshire CRP
North Staffordshire CRP
Women in Community Rail
North Staffordshire CRP
The Circus Train arrives at Stoke Station

Keele University MA Creative Writing student, Dean Brindley, has had his poem “Circus Train” displayed in the Platform 2 Waiting Room at Stoke-on-Trent Station. He reimagines the atmospheric arrival of the Barnum and Bailey’s Circus Train at the station as the animals arrive in their hundreds to take up their winter quarters in the city. The poster was installed by Claire Sandys, Community Rail Officer for the North Staffordshire CRP.


Mark Taylor, Virgin Trains Station Manager at Stoke-on-Trent, said: “We have been proud to serve Stoke-on-Trent for over 22 years. It’s a great city I thought I knew well but I was amazed to discover this part of our railway heritage, which is brought to life in Dean’s poem, Circus Train. We work hard to champion the cities, towns and local communities we serve, and we’re delighted to present this piece of work which reveals an usual part of Stoke-on-Trent’s history to the thousands of people who travel through the station every week.”