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To celebrate the end of WCRM phase 1 and the launch of the new timetable, Virgin trains set a new record for the fastest rail journey between London and Manchester. 390038 'City of London' broke the record twice (once in each direction) achieving a time of 1 hour 53 minutes, 36 seconds on the return run to the capital. The launch was attended by the Prime Minister, Tony Blair MP, Sir Richard Branson, Brian Souter and guests from the media and rail industry.

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