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Eurostar to launch Amsterdam service in April

Eurostar to launch Amsterdam service in April

Eurostar has announced that its new direct route from London to Amsterdam will launch on Wednesday, April 4th. Tickets will go on sale from February 20th, when the inaugural service will take place.

Trainline launches in Asia with Japan Rail partnership

Trainline launches in Asia with Japan Rail partnership

Trainline has announced its entrance into Asia through a partnership with JTB, one of the few Japan Rail appointed global wholesalers. The partnership means that Trainline leisure customers now have full access to the Japan Rail pass, which enables travel on trains across the whole of Japan through one, simple ticket and at a fixed price.

Eurostar unveils new environmental commitments

Eurostar unveils new environmental commitments

Eurostar has unveiled a ten-point plan in support of its Tread Lightly environmental commitments and in line with the 2016 Paris climate agreement. These new targets build on the achievements of the last eight years during which time Eurostar has achieved a 32 per cent reduction in carbon emissions and a 50 per cent cut in waste across its business.

New carriages set to debut on Caledonian Sleeper

New carriages set to debut on Caledonian Sleeper

The first carriages from the new £100 million fleet of Caledonian Sleeper trains have arrived in the UK ahead of their introduction to service later this year. Starting in October 2018, the overnight rail service will begin to be transformed as 75 new carriages are introduced in a phased transition.

National Audit Office offers strong criticism of Southern Rail

National Audit Office offers strong criticism of Southern Rail

The National Audit Office has concluded that high levels of disruption for passengers mean that, to date, the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern rail franchise has “not delivered value for money”. The department for transport franchise to support the delivery of the major Thameslink upgrade programme and improve passengers’ experience of services.

Saga launches Trans-Siberian Railway Russia tour for 2018

Saga launches Trans-Siberian Railway Russia tour for 2018

The Trans-Siberian Railway has captured the imagination of travellers for more than 100 years and Saga guests can now experience the world’s longest railway journey interspersed with a sprinkling of comfortable hotel stays in Russia, Mongolia and China, plus an overnighter in a traditional Mongolian tent.

Cooper appointed to lead Eurostar as Petrovic departs for Siemens

Cooper appointed to lead Eurostar as Petrovic departs for Siemens

Eurostar has announced the appointment of Mike Cooper, currently leader of the delivery service firm, Yodel, as its new chief executive. He will succeed Nicolas Petrovic, who will be leaving Eurostar at the end of February to become chief executive of Siemens, France.

Sharp increase in rail ticket prices in UK

Sharp increase in rail ticket prices in UK

Rail fares have gone up by an average of 3.4 per cent in the UK, the highest increase in five years. While protests are planned across the country in opposition to the rise, the department for transport argued increases were capped in line with inflation.

UK government seeks high-speed Wi-Fi roll out across rail network

UK government seeks high-speed Wi-Fi roll out across rail network

The government has revealed a plan that could see the UK’s train passengers to benefit from a dramatic improvement in onboard mobile and Wi-Fi connections. The rapid growth of mobile data requirements and the use of smartphones and tablets now means that consumers expect high quality, reliable connectivity everywhere.

Eurostar brings Amazon Prime to new app

Eurostar brings Amazon Prime to new app

Eurostar will be unveiling a range of critically acclaimed Amazon Prime Video content on board its fleet of e320 trains via the new app. Eurostar will be the first transport operator in Europe to feature Prime Video on board, free for all passengers to enjoy as they speed across the Channel.