Travel operator First Group has been given approval to run a new service linking London and Edinburgh, under the auspices of it being a budget link that also serves some under represented parts of the north-east.
The bad news is we'll have to wait until 2021 for it to begin, which is quite a large delay even for the UK's tragic rail network. Once underway, though, five of the new trains each day will run from London to Edinburgh, taking in stops at Stevenage, Newcastle and Morpeth, with First Group saying travellers should pay an average fare of just £25. And yes, there's Wi-Fi, as it'll be 2021 by then and they don't want to run them all empty.
FG's chief exec Tim O’Toole said: "We will offer genuinely low fares at half the average price of today, while adding significant benefits to the UK economy. Our brand new trains will be cheaper than other rail services, greener than the plane, quicker than the coach and will get passengers from London to Edinburgh earlier than they can arrive today, all for an average fare of less than £25." [First Group via BBC]