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Nicholas Newman

There are several passenger train operating companies including Scotrail and Chiltern that provide passenger services that link both cities and towns in the regions that make up the UK. In addition, there are freight train operating and logistics companies including DB Cargo UK and Freightliner,providing freight delivery services throughout the UK and abroad.

A good example of an interregional passenger service that links different regions and counties together is the planned Crossrail/Elizabeth line service, due to open fully in December 2018. It links in the west Reading in Berkshire via Central London with towns in Essex and Kent in the East.

A good example of the this is the train operator Great Western Railway, that links both the UK capital of London with the Welsh capital of Cardiff.

Whilst, Virgin Trains and Cross Country train operating companies that link London, Birmingham, Manchester in England with Glasgow and Edinburgh in Scotland.

UK European Services

Currently, Eurostar services cross the English Channel by subsea tunnel to link London with Brussels and Paris. Though, there are plans to operate direct rail services to London from both Holland and Germany.

In addition, there are seasonal services that link London with the French Alps in winter and Southern France in summer. It is now possible by using various Eurostar and SNCF high-speed train services to reach Nice and Barcelona in less than one day. For instance, you can leave London just after 9am, arriving in Barcelona in the evening with a journey time of just over 10 hrs.

UK Rail Network Map

Outline Network Map A map displaying all the major rail routes across Great Britain, including ferry and airport interchanges. http://www.projectmapping.co.uk/…

Train Operating Company Network Map A map displaying all the train operating companies across Great Britain and their rail routes. http://www.projectmapping.co.uk/…

National Rail Network Map

Detailed map displaying all the major rail and most of the minor routes across Great Britain, including: ferry and airport connections, cities with multiple stations and comparisons of major and minor lines. http://www.projectmapping.co.uk/…

Public Transport Advice

For advice about getting around the UK by bus, train, tram and ferry see National Public Transport Information


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