Members of the RMT trade union working on Virgin Trains East Coast have begun a 24-hour strike. The action is the latest in a long-running dispute over jobs. The union said about 1,800 members, including train crew and some drivers, were taking part in the industrial action.
Heathrow Express is joining the #LondonIsOpen campaign with the first dynamic advertising campaign to be translated into six languages. Heathrow Express has loaded their smart screens, which are situated in the baggage re-claim area at Heathrow and show live price and journey time comparisons between taxis and the airport’s train service to central London, with Cantonese and five different European languages.
Belmond has announced the appointment of Arnaud Champenois to the role of senior vice president, marketing and brand, effective immediately. Champenois has over 20-years of experience in leading brands, marketing and communication in the luxury goods and services sector.
Eurostar is providing another chance for skiers to take the train to the slopes, with additional services on sale today for the peak school holiday period during February half-term 2017. The services to the French Alps offer a hassle-free journey, taking winter sports fans direct from platform to piste and offering a generous baggage allowance including two suitcases plus hand luggage and skis or snowboards at no extra cost.
SilverRail has revealed behavioural trends of UK travellers when purchasing rail tickets and highlights a number of opportunities for the industry. Data included in the company’s first Market Insight Report indicates that only 20 per cent of all UK rail tickets purchased in 2015 were through online channels, despite growth in online sales over the past seven years.
Travelling with a Eurail Pass in Italy is now more stress-free thanks to a new seat reservation function for popular Trenitalia high speed Le Frecce trains via the free rail planner app. The app, powered by Eurail Group, is an offline trip planner mobile application designed to enhance the overall Eurail experience.
SilverRail has announced the appointment of David Pitt as head of UK operations. In this new role, Pitt will be responsible for SilverRail’s growing number of opportunities with the UK train operating companies. Cameron Jones, chief commerical officer at SilverRail, said: “We are thrilled to welcome David to the team. Having contracted for the last 13 years for many large-scale businesses, it is great that David has found his niche at SilverRail and wants to join us for the long run."
Heathrow Express passengers will now be kept up to date with a new BBC World News on-board service, which will provide one-minute news and business bulletins on the 15-minute journey to and from Heathrow and Paddington. The bulletins will be delivered through the existing Express TV service, which are positioned on screens throughout First and Express Class on Heathrow Express trains, which depart from Paddington on average every 15 minutes.
Belmond Grand Hibernian started a new chapter in history earlier as the first luxury sleeper train to travel throughout Ireland. The inaugural journey departed Heuston Station at 14:20 taking 40 guests on a six-night grand tour of Ireland. The train’s contemporary interiors are elegant yet relaxed, evoking the sense of travelling in an Irish country house on wheels, with genuine and warm service provided by the train’s crew.
Eurail.com has launched a partnership with VizEat, the European leader in social dining, to offer travellers an even more local experience throughout their trip. VizEat is Europe’s largest social dining network, and connects travellers and local hosts over authentic culinary experiences.
Dozens of rail passengers have been injured in France following a collision between a tree and a regional train in the south of the country. The tree fell onto the tracks at Saint-Aunes in the Herault region, leaving the line between Montpellier and Nimes blocked.
Le Shuttle Freight transported its millionth truck for the year, almost one month ahead of the same milestone in 2015. Since November 2015, Truck Shuttles have set new records month-on-month against the same periods in previous years.