CrossCountry Voyager (UK)

Cross Country operates variants of these trains which have 4 or 5 coaches, but despite being comparatively short trains, they are used on some of Britain's longest railway routes, which don't serve London.

However, many travellers use these trains for short-distance trips between each of the stations they serve, and when Mondays to Fridays are working days, they can be popular with commuters.

So if you will be making a long-distance journeys by these trains, booking in advance, so that you can reserve seats is highly recommended.
If you book online you'll automatically have reservations and tickets can USUALLY be booked on the CrossCountry booking service up to two hours before departure.


Seat Reservations During The Pandemic

Cross Country train has temporarily amended its usual seat reservation policy in order to ensure social distancing on board.
Book any type of ticket online and seats will be automatically assigned.

For those with a prior booking, there are various means of obtaining a seat reservation at no additional charge.
How to do so is explained on the CrossCountry Covid-19 info page.



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9 Things that are good to know about travelling on a CrossCountry Voyager train:

(1) Complimentary Wi-Fi access is available throughout the train, but CrossCountry is open and honest about the fact that data usage will be restricted, so that, for example, it's not possible to access digital TV through the train's Wi-Fi.

(2)  As this seating plan shows, in both First and Standard Class power sockets are only available at window seats.

(3) Each First and Standard Class coach on the train offers a mix of table seats and airline style seats - though most of the seats in First Class are table seats, while comparatively few seats in Standard Class have tables.

(4) All First Class window seats offer a good view, but as can be seen on the seating plan, some 'window' seats in the Standard Class coaches have a more restricted view.

(5) An at-seat catering service is provided in both First Class and Standard Class (second class).

(6) No coaches on these trains are designated as 'Quiet Coaches' so while keeping your fellow travellers in mind, it's possible to make or receive mobile calls from any seat.

(7) Spaces for non-folding bikes can be reserved ahead of travel free of charge, but one space per train is set aside for travellers without bike reservations;

The bike storage facility is located at one end of coach D, so pre-boarding it's worth confirming where coach D will be located before the train arrives at the station.

(8) The luggage storage space is comparatively limited on these trains, so Cross Country requests that each traveller only carries one large suitcase/bag per person, which measures no more than 90cm by 70cm by 30cm.

(9) Up to two dogs can travel for free with an individual or group of travellers.



If you will be boarding at a station the train calls at during a journey, there are now usually signs on the platform (track) which will show you where to wait for speedy boarding into each coach/carriage.

Don’t just check the coach/carriage numbers by the doors, also check the seat number info that’s on the outside of the train.
All coaches will have two doors, one at each end and the other door may be nearer to your seat.

If you don't have a reservation, seats may not be available when you initially board into Standard Class, but it's likely that seats will become available at the next station call.


Worth knowing is that you don’t have to occupy the seat you have been assigned, for your travel ticket to be valid - the train conductor will check the ticket, but not the reservation.

So if for any reason you want to travel in a different seat, you can do so, as long as you check that the alternative seat(s) you want to move to hasn't been reserved, so will be available for your journey.

Though it will be obvious if the train you are travelling by is busy and if that is the case, it's best to be thankful for the fact that you have a reserved seat and to remain in it during your journey.

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Standard Class:

On virtually all departures at some point during the journey a catering trolley will be taken through the train, from which you can order hot/cold drinks, snacks and sandwiches at your seat.

Though the catering service won't be available in Standard Class when there are too many standing passengers in the aisles.

First Class:

Complimentary food and drink is served to first class passengers at their seats, though what you will be offered is dependent on the length of the journey you will be taking.

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Assisted Travel:

These trains have both wheelchair spaces and seats with additional leg-room and Assisted Travel requirements can be booked online.



CrossCountry uses these Voyager trains on these four routes:

(1) Exeter  - Taunton - BristolBirmingham – Wolverhampton - Stafford - Stoke-on-Trent -  Manchester 

(2) Bournemouth - Southampton – Winchester – Reading – Oxford – Coventry -  Birmingham – Wolverhampton - Stafford - Stoke-on-Trent -  Manchester

(3) Southampton – Winchester – Reading – OxfordBirmingham – Derby – Sheffield – Doncaster - York – Durham – Newcastle 

(4) (Penzance) - Plymouth – Exeter – BristolBirmingham – Derby – Sheffield – LeedsYork – Durham – NewcastleEdinburghGlasgow 

These Voyager trains share that fourth route with the CrossCountry 125 trains.

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