UK scraps plans to electrify rail lines across country
The UK department of transport has scrapped plans to electrify railway lines in Wales, the Midlands and the North. The cost of the proposed plans had spiralled upward, leading the government to rethink the initiative.
Construction contracts awarded for HS2 in UK
The winners of the major construction contracts for Britain’s new HS2 railway have been announced, with the government claiming the £6.6 billion in deals will support 16,000 jobs across the country.
Eurotunnel welcomes new Flexiplus lounge at Coquelles, France
Eurotunnel has welcomed its new Flexiplus lounge at the Coquelles terminal in France, as part of the celebrations for the millionth customer to use the Flexiplus service since its introduction in 2006.
Rail identified as key to future of London Luton Airport
Over 1.5 million passengers chose to travel through London Luton Airport last month. To meet rapidly rising demand, the airport is delivering the biggest investment programme in its history and increasing capacity by 50 per cent.
Historic locomotive steams back to Snowdon summit after 17 years
Cherished steam engine Loco #5 has returned to service with Snowdon Mountain Railway, carrying passengers to the mountain’s summit for the first time in 17 years. Loco #5 is now the railway’s premier locomotive, following a comprehensive £60,000 refit and refurbishment of the engine.
Advanced tickets to be sold on day of travel by UK train operators
Seven rail companies in the UK have agreed to allow passengers to buy advance tickets until as close as ten minutes before a journey starts. Such tickets are often cheaper for travellers.
Heathrow confirms new Elizabeth line services from 2019
Heathrow, Transport for London and the department for transport have agreed a commitment to boost integrated rail connectivity to the airport, including the addition of two new Elizabeth line trains per hour serving Terminal 5 from December 2019.
First Intercity Express runs to Cornwall on Great Western Railway
Great Western Railway’s first Intercity Express Train has made its maiden voyage to Cornwall, as part of a very special test journey from London Paddington to Penzance. Part of an expo event with Cornwall Council to showcase improved rail services for the South West, the Intercity Express Train left London Paddington at 05:33 and arrived at Penzance Station at 11:01.
Teleste signs frame agreement with Deutsche Bahn
Teleste Corporation has announced that its subsidiary Teleste Information Solutions has signed a frame agreement with Deutsche Bahn.
Belmond to debut Grand Suites on Venice Simplon-Orient-Express next spring
Belmond has announced three new private Grand Suites will debut aboard the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express in March 2018.