Why is London-York only 2 hours but York-Oxford is over 3 hours? What is route of train XC26200 from York to Oxford?

wondering why london to york is only 2 hours, but york to oxford is 3+ hours
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) July 10, 2015 18:00
    Hi Chet.

    Trains from London to York are high-speed 'Virgin East Coast' trains or high-speed 'Grand Central' trains. These trains operate on a rail line, which runs directly north out of London through Peterborough, before arriving into York.

    Trains between York and Oxford are 'CrossCountry' trains, which are not considered to be high-speed. They do not follow the same rail line that connects York and London. Instead, these trains follow a rail line which heads in a direction slightly more to the southwest through the likes of Sheffield and Birmingham. The 'CrossCountry' trains from York to Oxford will also stop more frequently than the 'Virgin East Coast' and 'Grand Central' trains between London and York.

    You would purchase tickets by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage and entering a route. Generally, trains in the United Kingdom can be booked once within 60 to 90 days of an intended date of departure.
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