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Arriva UK Trains signs Capita Travel & Events partnership

Arriva UK Trains signs Capita Travel & Events partnership

Arriva UK Trains, part of the major transport group Arriva, has signed a partnership agreement with business travel and events specialist, Capita Travel & Events. CrossCountry Trains, Chiltern Railways and Grand Central form a significant part of the Arriva UK Train’s network group. The new partnership takes a divisional approach which enables these train operating companies to enhance existing relationships with Capita Travel & Events.

Government unveils plan for HS2 route north of Birmingham

Government unveils plan for HS2 route north of Birmingham

UK transport secretary Chris Grayling has confirmed the majority of the preferred HS2 route from Crewe to Manchester and the West Midlands to Leeds. The government hopes new HS2 trains will carry over 300,000 people a day and triple the number of seats available out of Euston at peak hours.

Rail transformation could double passenger numbers at Luton Airport

Rail transformation could double passenger numbers at Luton Airport

London Luton Airport has recorded a 18.7 per cent increase in passenger numbers in October compared to the same period last year. Over 1.3 million passengers chose to travel through the airport last month. This high demand reinforces LLA’s call on government to improve rail access to Luton Airport Parkway station.

Signs of recovery for Eurostar in third quarter

Signs of recovery for Eurostar in third quarter

Eurostar today reported signs of recovery in the trading environment with passenger numbers increasing year-on-year over the last eight weeks. This uplift follows a challenging period in which demand was dampened by the terrorist attack in Nice at the end of July. With the recent fall in sterling, the business also saw an increase in the number of passengers coming from France to the UK during the October half term holidays, with traffic up 18 per cent year-on-year during that period.

Hamad International Airport to launch new train service

Hamad International Airport to launch new train service

Hamad International Airport has announced that its dual Passenger Trains inside the airport terminal will begin operations from tomorrow. The trains were officially inaugurated by Qatar Airways group chief executive Akbar Al Baker and Badr Mohammed Al Meer, chief operating officer of Hamad International Airport, in the presence of dignitaries from the ministry of transport and communications and members of the press.

UK travellers urged to plan Christmas rail journeys ahead of closures

UK travellers urged to plan Christmas rail journeys ahead of closures

Network Rail is advising passengers to plan their journeys as early as possible ahead of Christmas. This is ahead of another programme of closures for upgrade work, with up to 200 projects being delivered across Britain over this holiday period. The changes will see Heathrow Express closed for six days over the holiday period.