News Archives - Rail travel

Have your say on the future of Britain’s railway

Rail is fundamental to the country’s prosperity. After all, our railway is vital in connecting workers to jobs, businesses to markets, and people to their families and friends. However, layers of regulation built up over 25 years mean there are now over 55 million rail fare options, resulting in understandable confusion for customers. According to the Rail Delivery Group (RDG),…

Shiki-Shima: The last word in luxury train travel is ready to depart

The Shiki-Shima is a modern day interpretation of the Orient Express – a luxury train that’s been built to explore the beauty of Japan in levels of comfort that will seem the stuff of fantasy to commuter rail passengers. The East Japan Railway Company has already sold out for its luxury journeys travelling from Tokyo to eastern areas on the…

Let’s hop aboard an electric trolleybus

There was a time when many British towns and cities hummed with the sound of the trolleybus. Bridging the gap between trams and diesel buses, the benefits of the electric trolleybus include zero emissions on the street, very little noise, and powerful, smooth acceleration. And from the perspective of the operator, trolleybuses offer lower maintenance costs. Given their strengths, it’s…

Do you match the mode of travel to your trip?

How flexible are you about how you travel? What mode of transport would you choose for a trip to the local shops? The commute to work? A holiday in France? An expedition to Senegal? The appetite for large 4×4 cars is as keen as ever. However, while these cars are sold on the promise of adventure, how often do they…

Our friends electric: How Europe is cleaning up its railways

Britain may have an electric railway that this year celebrates its 134th birthday, but electrification of the entire network lags behind other European countries. Forty per cent of the British rail network was electrified by 2006, representing 60% of all rail journeys. However, electrification of remaining lines, particularly with the more-efficient overhead lines, remains slow. While we wring our hands about the financial…