Great news, travelers! The £25 train fare connecting London to Edinburgh is set to launch in 2021.
FirstGroup has announced an order of 5 new electric trains that can run at up to 125 miles per hour and will take 4 hours to get among the cities.
Starting in autumn 2021, the new rail route has been designed with the aim to minimize the quantity of flights among the two cities – London airports at present occupy top 4 destinations that planes from Edinburgh Airport fly to.
FirstGroup reports that two-thirds of journeys among London and Edinburgh are produced by air – but with its trains averaging much less than £25 every single-way, the corporation is hoping to adjust that.
Steve Montgomery, managing director of FirstGroup’s rail division, stated in a statement: “There’s a genuine gap in the market place for really cost-effective rail travel among the two capitals – our plans show we are severe about competing with low-expense airlines and opening up rail travel on this essential route to thousands of new passengers.”
As the trains are electric, they will be much more environmentally friendly, quieter and – as they’ve been bought from the Japanese corporation Hitachi – have been inspired by Japanese bullet trains.
5 trains a day will run every single way from King’s Cross to Edinburgh, and the service will contact at Stevenage, Newcastle, and Morpeth in Northumberland.