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Eurostar prepares for bumper bank holiday weekend

Eurostar prepares for bumper bank holiday weekend

Eurostar is set for a busy August bank holiday weekend as over 142,000 passengers are expected to travel with the high-speed rail operator – an eight per cent rise in passenger numbers compared to the equivalent period in 2016.

Office Twelve design new Virgin lounge at Liverpool Lime Street

Office Twelve design new Virgin lounge at Liverpool Lime Street

As part of the renovation of Liverpool Lime Street station, Office Twelve has designed a temporary first class lounge and customer information point for Virgin Trains. The space feels anything but transitional with beautiful, high-quality fixtures and fittings and an eclectic mix of bespoke and off-the-shelf furniture and lighting.

Favourable exchange rates drive sales at Eurostar

Favourable exchange rates drive sales at Eurostar

Eurostar has seen sales revenues grew by six per cent at constant exchange rates, to £452.6 million, for the first since months of 2017. This increase was underpinned by a strong business travel market and uplift in sales from overseas markets outside Europe.

Construction contracts awarded for HS2 in UK

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.

Rail identified as key to future of London Luton Airport

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

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.

Heathrow confirms new Elizabeth line services from 2019

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

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.