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Economic case for HS2 rail questioned in UK

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The government has not yet made a convincing case for HS2 and must do so before parliament passes a bill to enable the construction of the first stage of the railway to begin. This is the conclusion of the House of Lords Economic Affairs Select Committee, in a report published today. → Read More

Heathrow Express to waive fees for children from Friday

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From this Friday children will be able to travel free on the Heathrow Express. The airport train service has run its ‘Kids go free’ offer in the past for limited periods of time. But from Friday March 27th, as the Easter holidays begin, it becomes a permanent fixture. → Read More

First Great Western reveals upgrade plans following franchise approval

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First Great Western has announced proposals to deliver the largest train fleet upgrade in a generation on the Great Western network as part of its plans for the new franchise that starts in September, and will run until at least April 2019. In a deal put together with the department for transport, First Great Western’s plans would see the age of First Great Western’s train fleet cut by more than half, and would create for our customers 9,000 additional seats every day by the end of the franchise. → Read More

Dozens killed in Indian rail crash

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More than 30 people have been killed in a rail accident in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The engine and two carriages of the Janta Express, which travels between Dehradun and Varanasi, derailed near the village of Bachhrawan. → Read More

Enterprise Rent-A-Car expands Scottish operations with new opening

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car has opened a new branch at Edinburgh Waverley railway station. The global car hire company has located at the city’s main railway station in response to increasing demand from business customers and tourists for Enterprise’s car rental services. → Read More

Eurostar launches first Dutch advertising campaign

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Eurostar is launching its first ever television advertising campaign in the Netherlands. The advertising, which consists of three ten-second edits, takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the inconvenience of air travel, thus highlighting the benefits of connecting high-speed rail services between London and the Netherlands. Produced by FHV/BBDO, the TV campaign is supported by an online banners and Pre-Roll YouTube ads which use a special 20 second edit of one of the films. → Read More

Eurostar brings south of France closer to London travellers

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Eurostar has launched a new advertising campaign to promote its year-round service direct to Lyon and the South of France. Targeting the leisure market, the creative focuses on the warmth and sunshine of the popular French destinations of Lyon, Avignon and Marseille which will all be within easy reach of London thanks to the new Eurostar service starting on May 1st. → Read More

Amadeus brings Eurostar closer to global travel agents

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Eurostar has signed a global agreement with Amadeus to offer travel agencies and tour operators access to its booking inventory system through the Amadeus rail sales platform. The Amadeus Rail Display & Web Services solutions will enable Eurostar to provide its full range of routes and fares to travel agencies and tour operators worldwide, subject to commercial agreement between the rail provider and the distributors. → Read More

FirstGroup selects IPL for UK technology overhaul

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UK rail operator FirstGroup has agreed a five-year IT innovation framework with IPL, a systems integrator specialising in digital innovation and Enterprise Information Management. The agreement will see the companies working together to identify and develop ways to improve the customer experience by enhancing the way it operates its train companies, which include First Great Western and First TransPennine Express. → Read More

Injuries reported following Swiss rail crash

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At least five people have been injured following a train crash in Switzerland. A suburban train in the Zurich area of the country collided with a rush-out intercity train headed into the city early this morning. The incident happened at Rafz Station, 30 kilometres north of Zurich and close to the German border. → Read More

Luxury giant Belmond selects Travel Studio technology platform

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The Travel Studio technology platform has been selected by luxury travel company, Belmond, to drive the future growth of their rail and cruise distribution to all customers. The deal involves a long-term partnership with UK technology specialist, Open Destinations, who has successfully implemented Travel Studio into more than 30 countries worldwide. → Read More

Eurostar reports steady increase in passengers as UK economy recovers

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Eurostar, the high speed rail service between the UK and mainland Europe, has reported continuing growth in passenger numbers and sales revenues in 2014, as the business celebrated its 20th anniversary and unveiled its new e320 trains. Last year, passenger numbers rose by three per cent to 10.4 million, bringing the total number of passengers travelling on Eurostar since the start of services in 1994 to over 150 million. → Read More

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