The Business Travel Magazine April/May 2019


Rail travel / Operator update



North to Scotland. TPE’s total £500million

investment in new trains will start to bear

fruit later this year when Nova 3 trains start

operating on routes between Liverpool,

Manchester, Huddersfield, Leeds, York,

Scarborough and Middlesbrough.

Meanwhile, TPE’s all-electric Nova 2 trains

will link the North West with Scotland

including a new, direct Liverpool-Glasgow

service. Bimodal Nova 1 trains, by Hitachi,

will operate from the North West to

Newcastle and Edinburgh.

By 2020, 70% of TPE’s fleet will be new. Like

many modern trains, these will offer a major

upgrade on what went before, including

comfortable seating with more luggage

space, plug and USB charging points. Free

on-board wifi access will be available in both

standard and first class.

Local services will soon start to benefit as

Northern also brings in 98 new trains across

its network. As with most operators, free wifi

and plug/USB sockets will be standard,

allowing you to work on the move.

Further eye-catching improvements are

being made in Scotland, where the devolved

government is very pro-rail. The routes

between Glasgow and Edinburgh and from

these cities to Stirling and Dunblane have

been electrified, with ScotRail able to

increase capacity and shorten journey times.

Caledonian Sleeper will introduce the first

new overnight trains in Britain for more than

30 years from May, starting with the London-

Edinburgh/Glasgow route followed by its

Highland services to Inverness, Fort William

and Aberdeen. For the first time on ordinary

service trains, en suite cabins will be an

Further eye-catching

improvements to

the rail network are being

made in Scotland, where the

devolved government is very

pro-rail travel”

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