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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Chiltern Railways announce 90 min trains to London

With just 100 days to go until the much anticipated launch of Chiltern Mainline, Chiltern Railways revealed their timetable plans for May on Friday 11th February. This will bring a real alternative to train travel between Birmingham and London.

The faster journey times are made possible by a £250 million investment to upgrade the rail route from Moor Street station in Birmingham to Marylebone station in central London. The key benefits of the timetable show:

• The fastest journey time between Birmingham and London of 90 minutes.

• The fastest journey time between London and Warwick Parkway of 69 minutes.

• Weekday after midnight services from London to Banbury.

• Later services from London to the West Midlands.

• A reduction in journey time for most stations.

In addition to much shorter journey times, several peak services on the Chiltern Mainline will use Mk3 trains offering a business focused travel experience, including comfortable wide seats, power sockets, plenty of table seats and wifi.

Thomas Ableman, Marketing Director of Chiltern Railways said: “We’re delighted to unveil our May timetable which will deliver passengers some of the biggest improvements in the history of Chiltern Railways. There are now just 100 days to go until the launch of Mainline when customers will see the results of the Evergreen 3 project. ”


  1. 1h30+ on a big comfy Mk III with a proper table and a window, or 1h20 on a 5h1te Pendolino with in a tiny seat with a tiny tray, surrounded by hearing-aid beige plastic. It’s a no-brainer; Virgin need to be worried.

  2. And whichever type of their rolling stock Chiltern use from Birmingham to London it will be substanially better than the grim, cramped experience offered by Virgin from New Street – even in Pendolino First Class the armrests are rock solid and the ergonomics so poor that the table legs are just where you would want to put your own leg – well done Chiltern, here’s to a happier travelling experience 🙂


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