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The InterCity 125 is the world's fastest diesel train
Eurostar services are one of only two international rail services serving the United Kingdom, the other being between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. They are also the only services in Great Britain operating at speeds of more than 250 km/h (155 mph).

In Great Britain, there are inter-city trains to numerous parts of the country. Most of these trains are high speed, and some operate into France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Increase in passenger rail by sector 1994–2015,[1] as well as a comparison with the London Underground.[2][3]

Before the sectorisation of British Rail, inter-city trains were operated by InterCity. InterCity ran trains from London to South West England, Wales, the West Midlands, the East Midlands, North West England, Yorkshire and the Humber, North East England, Scotland and East of England. There were also numerous cross-country services, which were inter-city services that traversed several regions and usually avoided Greater London.

The UK's longest direct rail service is operated by CrossCountry from Aberdeen to Penzance, and takes 13 hours 23 minutes to complete.

Inter-city trains from London operate out of the following London terminals:

The following train operating companies operate inter-city trains in Great Britain (operators marked with an asterisk are open-access operators):

See also


  1. ^ "Passenger kilometres by sector".
  2. ^ "London Underground Total Annual Passenger Number Growth since 1863 - a Freedom of Information request to Transport for London". 12 January 2015.
  3. ^ [bare URL PDF]