Originally Posted by James Howard
It was the weekend of the August bank holiday weekend so I guess it was particularly busy. It was actually a 10-car Voyager and was completely full. Probably not the wisest choice of travel date in hindsight.
Well that would explain it. That sort of loading would not be that common, except during the holiday periods.
There is a separate locomotive hauled service from Manchester that runs ahead of the Virgin train now, so that will reduce the pressure on the Virgin service west of Chester.