The redeveloped Birmingham New Street station has opened its doors to passengers after a five-year, £750 million transformation. Boasting an iconic new atrium over a huge passenger concourse - five times the size of London Euston’s - the station has been rebuilt while trains continued to run as normal for the 170,000 passengers a day who use it.
Two British tourists were killed and others were injured after a train derailed in northern India on Saturday.
Portman, one of the UK’s leading travel management companies, is extending its business relationship with Evolvi Rail Systems, signing a new four-year contract covering online rail booking and fulfilment for all its clients. The agreement means that Evolvi, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2015, will continue to provide Portman with a branded version of its market-leading corporate rail platform along with content for its award-winning proprietary e-commerce platform, PortmanOne.
Eurostar has welcomed the highest ever number of passengers transported in one month, with one million customers having travelled in July 2015. This milestone marks a year-on-year increase of 5.1 per cent in passengers compared with the same period last year. With the introduction of the new direct service from London to the South of France, and ticket sales for core destinations at an all-time high, Eurostar sales are going from strength to strength as travellers choose the train over the plane.
Rail fares for season tickets, and other regulated fares, have risen nearly three times faster than wages over the last five years, according to new analysis published by the TUC. Commissioned alongside the rail unions’ Action for Rail campaign, the analysis shows that between 2010 and 2015 fares increased by 25 per cent, while average pay went up by just nine per cent.
A new report entitled “Rethinking Rail” has found rail bookings in Europe’s key markets topped €31 billion in 2014 – approximately double the amount spent on low-cost airline tickets. However, despite the growing market for rail travel, the industry has failed (unlike flight and hotel search) to exploit online, user-friendly booking procedures.
Heathrow Express plans to run a normal service should this week’s proposed London Underground strike go ahead. Heathrow Express trains will run between London Paddington and Heathrow Airport every 15 minutes. Trains will operate according to the normal timetable.
Over the next 18 months Network Rail will be making significant changes to Paddington station to provide passengers with new and improved facilities. The Grade 1 listed structure is currently benefitting from a renovation of its roof and an upgrade to its lighting system above the platforms.
Eurostar has reported the highest ever number of passengers transported by the service in one quarter, with over 2.8 million customers travelling between the UK and the continent in quarter two of 2015. This represents a year-on-year increase of three per cent in passengers compared with the same period last year.