Government Plans a Private Railway for London

The government's had an idea about how to build railways on the cheap in London — get a private company to pay for it. That's the idea at this stage, anyway, with the transport department thinking that a new direct line linking south-ish terminal Waterloo to Heathrow is appealing and potentially lucrative enough to encourage a private company to put up the billions it would cost. Read More >>

Chinese Citizens With Bad ‘Social Credit’ to Be Blocked From Taking Planes and Trains

China’s terrifying “social credit” system isn’t planned to be fully implemented until 2020, but we’re already seeing facets of it being put in place. In May, people who have committed acts of “serious dishonour” will reportedly be unable to travel on trains or flights for up to a year. Read More >>

TfL Reveals How Much It’ll Cost to Travel via Crossrail

London's Crossrail service, officially known now as the Elizabeth Line, is set to open later this year, and slowly we're getting a picture of what it will be like to travel on the brand new section of the Underground. We've seen the fancy new trains that will be in operation, and now TfL has confirmed how much it will cost to use. Spoiler: It's basically the same as the regular Tube, unless you're travelling to Heathrow. Read More >>

Virgin Trains Will Accept an Avocado in Place of a Millennial Railcard

Virgin Trains has launched a thing it's calling the Avocard. It's a joke, but one that comes with real benefits. The same benefits, in fact, as the recently launched 26-30 "millennial" railcard. Read More >>

Virgin Trains’ Spring Sale Begins This Thursday

The cost of train travel is obscene, and for all the pounds you spend you end up with a poorly-cleaned train that smells like there hasn't been any fresh air inside for at least five years. So any excuse to save a bit of money is more than welcome, and Virgin Trains' spring sale is one of them. Provided of course that you're travelling between some pre-set dates. Read More >>

Can’t Get a Millennial Railcard? Don’t Worry, You Might Still be Able to Get Big Discounts on the Train

Today is the day that the new 'millennial railcard' goes on sale outside of East Anglia, for people within the 26-30 age bracket. Only 10,000 cards are available, and demand is so high that the website has crashed making it impossible for anyone to get there hands on one. Luckily that's not the only railcard out there. Read More >>

The 26-30 Railcard Website is Kind of Dead Right Now

Yesterday it was announced that the 26-30 'millennial' railcard was going on sale today, but in limited quantities on a first come first served basis. So naturally 20-somethings across the UK are scrambling to try and get one for themselves, because it's not clear when they'll be available again. Read More >>

A Limited Number of 26-30 ‘Millennial’ Railcards Go on Sale Tomorrow

Last year the government announced it would be launching a new 'millennial' rail card for people between the ages of 26 and 30 - netting them a third off rail fairs up and down the country. A trial version launched last December for people living in East Anglia, but now it's opening up to everyone within that age bracket. Read More >>

Train Station Toilet Charges Axed From 2019

All train stations managed by Network Rail will see the joy of free toilets restored from 2019, as the outgoing chief executive tries to return a bit of dignity to the art of travelling by rail. Read More >>

More Trains Might Mean the End of the Rail Timetable

The boss of Network Rail has had an idea: no one can complain about trains not keeping to timetables if there aren't any timetables. At least, that's what might be behind his bonkers suggestion that train timetables could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to... more trains. Read More >>

Virgin East Coast Has Killed The Quiet Coach (But Only in First Class)

If you're lucky (or rich) enough to be able to buy first class train tickets, you may want to think twice about travelling on Virgin East Coast without a decent pair of noise cancelling headphones. The company has just announced that it's pulling quiet carriages from the first class service from May, so it might get a little rowdy. Read More >>

Eurostar’s Direct London-Amsterdam Trains Launch in April

Eurostar's about to buck the trend and make our connections with Europe a little bit stronger, with a direct high-speed service from London to Amsterdam -- on a bloody train that goes under the sea, lest we forget to be excited about this bit of 1980s/1990s engineering -- starting in April. Read More >>

Behind The Scenes With Pendolino: The Painstaking Process Of Painting A Train

When Train Operators buy new trains, they like to get their money’s worth. That’s why the vast majority of Virgin’s Pendolino fleet, which operate on the West Coast Mainline between London, Manchester and beyond, have around 4.25 million miles on the clock each. Read More >>

Sleeper Train Bans Sharing Cabins With Strangers

For 145 years since sleeper trains running between Scotland to London were first introduced, single travellers have been given the option to pay a reduced fare to share a cabin with a stranger. But from next month, Caledonian Sleeper is changing its policy: no more sharing, meaning lone travellers will be forced to pay for a full cabin by themselves. Read More >>

First Potential HS2 Architecture Revealed

They really do seem to be serious about building that new chunk of high-speed train track in the UK, with today seeing a key component of the line revealed in the form of concept images of what the 3.4km Colne Valley viaduct might look like. Read More >>