Aberdeen, Scotland-based transport operator FirstGroup has announced it will soon offer high-speed train service between London and Edinburgh. According to FirstGroup, about two-thirds of trips between London and Edinburgh are currently made by plane – a stat the company is hoping to change with its budget-friendly new train service.
Right now, return train journeys between the two cities can reach prices over £200 during high-demand times, prompting many travellers to opt for flights on low-cost airlines instead.
In contrast, FirstGroup’s new electric trains will reportedly be less than £25. Travelling at 125 miles-per-hour, the electric trains will also run more quietly and produce reduced emissions compared to their current counterparts.
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Japanese company Hitachi is behind the design of the new trains, which are said to be inspired by Japan’s rapid bullet trains. The trains will feature free Wi-Fi, air conditioning and on-board catering, and will offer one standard seating class (which means no envious walks through first-class en route to economy when you board).
The new service is expected to debut in 2021.