Avanti West Coast boss quits after train timetable cuts

The managing director of Avanti West Coast is stepping down, the company has announced, amid a backlash over timetable cuts.

The rail firm said Phil Whittingham would leave on 15 September – the same day new train strikes will take place.

Services between London and Manchester have been cut by a third, with the company blaming “staffing issues”.

Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said the firm should be in the “last chance saloon”.

Mr Burnham has previously called for the company’s licence to be revoked if services aren’t restored – a decision only the government can take.

“This is England’s most important railway line, linking its biggest cities, and everyday that this chaos continues is a day when our economy in Greater Manchester is damaged and another day of misery for passengers,” he told the BBC’s Today programme.

Last month, Avanti West Coast cut its timetable from three services an hour to one – blaming staffing issues.

Explaining the timetable change at the time, Mr…

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