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bmi regional signs partnership with Virgin Trains

bmi regional signs partnership with Virgin Trains

bmi regional is partnering with Virgin Trains to add a train travel booking facility to its website, making it easier for customers to travel beyond Birmingham International. The news comes as the carrier reveals plans to establish a new base at Birmingham with services to Graz, Gothenburg and Nuremberg.

Eurostar opens new Business Premier Lounge in Paris

Eurostar opens new Business Premier Lounge in Paris

Eurostar has thrown open the doors to its new Business Premier lounge in Paris Gare du Nord. With business passengers increasingly choosing high-speed rail over plane travel, the new lounge offers a stylish, comfortable environment for both working and relaxing.

End in sight for Southern Rail strikes

End in sight for Southern Rail strikes

Following two weeks of intensive talks, ASLEF and GTR Southern have reached a provision agreement on the long-running dispute between the two. The talks have sought to resolve the on-going dispute between train divers and Southern Rail.

UK train companies to overhaul ticketing systems

UK train companies to overhaul ticketing systems

Changes to rail fares that would guarantee customers simpler fares and the best possible deal every time they travel are set to be trialled by train companies. Passengers on trains between London and Sheffield or Scotland will be among the first to benefit from an overhaul of rail fare regulations as part of the tests agreed between train companies and the government.

SNCF launches TGVmax to young passengers in France

SNCF launches TGVmax to young passengers in France

SNCF has launched TGVmax, the first unlimited travel pass for young travellers. Available to those aged 16-27, young adults can explore every corner of France in complete freedom, enjoying unlimited travel on all TGV and Intercités trains requiring reservations.

New sales appointment for Rocky Mountaineer

New sales appointment for Rocky Mountaineer

Rocky Mountaineer has announced the appointment of Sarah Revell to the newly created role of training and sales account executive. Revell joins the UK team with responsibility for the Irish market, where she will focus on building partner relations with business-to-business operators and business development, in addition to growing Rocky Mountaineer’s brand awareness in the country.

Passengers endorse Heathrow Express service

Passengers endorse Heathrow Express service

Heathrow Express has received an overall satisfaction rate of 96 per cent from the latest National Rail Passenger Survey, placing it head and shoulders above the national average of 81 per cent and 17 percentage points ahead of the London & South East average of 80 per cent.

Southern set to restore full UK rail service

Southern set to restore full UK rail service

Southern members of the ASLEF union have suspended all industrial action in the UK, including strikes due to take place next week. As a result, the train operator will return to a full service from Tuesday, January 24th.

Brooker takes up chief operating officer role with Trainline

Brooker takes up chief operating officer role with Trainline

Trainline has announced that Mark Brooker has been appointed chief operating officer, with responsibility for marketing, product and Trainline International. In this newly created role, he will report directly to chief executive Clare Gilmartin.

CrossCountry waives Advance admin fees

CrossCountry waives Advance admin fees

In a rail industry exclusive, leading train company CrossCountry has announced it has removed the administration fee charged when customers need to change the date or time of their Advance ticket. Because Advance tickets are intended for specific trains and set times, the rail industry charges a £10 administration fee if a customer needs to change their plans.

Eurostar joins Eurail to offer tickers to Interrail passengers

Eurostar joins Eurail to offer tickers to Interrail passengers

Eurostar is launching a new, lower and simpler Pass holder fare for all Interrail travellers, having joined Eurail Group. Interrail Pass holders looking to discover multiple destinations as they hop on and off Europe’s rail network can secure Eurostar seats from £23 one way in Standard class with their Interrail Pass.

UK rail passengers see prices increase as new year begins

UK rail passengers see prices increase as new year begins

Rail passengers in the UK have seen ticket prices rise by an average of 2.3 per cent on the first week day of the new year. The increase, which is pegged to inflation, covers regulated fares, including season tickets, and unregulated, such as off-peak tickets.