PUBLISHED: 14:00 20 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:01 20 September 2018 A Eurostar train. Pic: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire Archant Picture this. You’ve just arrived, suitcases in hand, at Norwich Railway Station. You grab a coffee, a snack and (obviously) a copy of your local newspaper. You glance at the departure boards. There’s a train leaving for Great Yarmouth at 8.36am, one going to Sheringham at 8.45am and one for Lowestoft at 8.56am.But those aren’t your destinations. You’re heading towards that sleek-looking grey, yellow and blue train on the far platform. The one marked as leaving for Paris at 9am.Back to reality. We’re still waiting to get to London in 90 minutes, let alone being able to hop on the Eurostar to head off to France.But in 2007, there was a genuine hope that Eurostar could run to and from Norwich - or at least be a short walk away from the Stratford stop.Passengers can … [Read more...] about Norfolk’s Pipe Dreams How we hoped Eurostar could speed us from the city to Paris
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MAJOR timetable changes were introduced in May for trains on the Northern Rail network — sparking chaos for commuters. A backlash led to the reinstatement of many cancelled services. We've got the lowdown to try and minimise the stress on your morning commute. When did Great Northern Rail's new timetable start? A new timetable came into operation on all routes from 2am on Sunday May 20. The timetable change brought more trains on many routes across the rail network and introduced new routes, according to Northern. But severe disruption led to uproar from commuters and calls for the Prime Minister to intervene. Northern Rail also faced calls to be stripped of its franchise. On 30 July it was announced that the company would reinstate 75 per cent of its 168 cancelled services. And the remaining 25 per cent will be brought back in September. David Brown, managing director at Northern, said the cancellations since 4 June had been an attempt to alleviate "significant disruption" … [Read more...] about Northern Rail timetables – which cancelled trains have been reinstated?
Brits with a penchant for fine French wine could be in luck, as Eurostar considers the 2020 launch of a direct train between London and Bordeaux, shaving two and a half hours off current rail trip times. According to French transport publication Ville Rail et Transports, meetings took place in late April 2018 between representatives of France’s SNFC, the Eurotunnel and the UK’s HC1. Given the popularity of the London-Bordeaux route by air, with 1.2 million passengers taking low-cost flights in 2017, the viability of a fast-speed train between both cities seems to have been confirmed. It’s not only an alternative to flying but a trip by train that’s around two and a half hours faster than current services between the English capital and the world’s wine capital, with a usual train change in Paris. The total journey time for the proposed high-speed line will be just over four hours, rail authorities have said. Photo: Dhinal Chheda/Flickr From St … [Read more...] about Eurostar’s London-Bordeaux ‘wine line’ on track for 2020
News / UK and world by Press Association April 30, 2018, 11:30 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Rail passengers could travel between London and Bordeaux in under five hours using a proposed direct rail link. The route would be aimed at leisure travellers who prefer to travel by train rather than plane. London to Bordeaux rail journeys currently take five hours and 25 minutes with a change of trains in Paris. The return trip is even longer, at six hours and 26 minutes. Four operators responsible for infrastructure along a new London-Bordeaux route – HS1 Ltd, Eurotunnel, Lisea and SNCF Reseau – are in advanced talks over timetable slots that could be used by a train company. Services would bypass Paris, taking advantage of a 188-mile high-speed link between Tours and Bordeaux which opened in July last year. Eurostar’s monopoly on cross-Channel passenger rail travel would be broken, unless it is the firm which … [Read more...] about Direct trains between London and Bordeaux proposed
PARIS (Reuters) – Air France grounded just under a third of flights on Saturday as staff staged a walkout over pay, and travellers also braced for a fresh wave of train strikes starting later in the day, crippling much of France’s transport network. The industrial action at France’s flag carrier – marking the fifth day of worker stoppages over the past month and a half – has began to overlap with nationwide rolling train strikes, as rail unions protest against President Emmanuel Macron’s reforms. Air France had forecast that some 70 percent of flights would operate on Saturday. Unions representing airline staff, locked in a dispute with Air France management over their request for a six percent pay rise, last week called four more strike days in April, in addition to stoppages planned for April 10 and 11. Queues formed at Paris’ Roissy airport on Saturday as stranded passengers sought to rebook flights. “We wasted one day here,” … [Read more...] about Air France strike hits flights as French brace for rail stoppages