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Trainlines - a guide to getting around the UK

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The map (left) shows the train lines in the United Kingdom that are currently operational, split by country and region. Please click on the map for more detail.

There are a limited number of main inter-regional lines, with all but one entering Greater London.The line from London to the Channel Tunnel is the only line designated ‘high speed’, although the other main routes also operate limited-stop express services.

The bulk of the secondary network is concentrated in London and the surrounding East and South East regions; an area marketed by National Rail as London and the South East. The majority of these lines are radial to London There is a further concentration of routes around Birmingham in the West Midlands and in the urbanised part of northern England that stretches from Liverpool in the west, via Greater Manchester to Leeds in the east.

Some areas, such as Wales and Scotland have relatively sparse railway provision. There are local lines throughout all areas of Great Britain with some services designated as community railways.

Train Lines in the UK:

Central Trains Limited
Local and long distance services across a wide section of central England. Maps, timetables, tickets and company information is available from the web site.

Chiltern Railways
Operates trains between London, Birmingham, High Wycombe and Aylesbury. Site offers rail information, train times, ticket sales and places to visit en route.

Connex South Central
News, FAQ, customer survey, and train service information.

Docklands Light Railway
Travel, service and tourist information. Trains run from the Tower through to Canary Wharf to Isle of Dogs.

English Welsh & Scottish Railway
The UK’s main rail freight operating company. Site includes company information, news and job opportunities.

Service from London Waterloo to: Antwerpen, Bruges, Ghent, Brussels, Liège, Namur, Lille, Paris, Disneyland Paris and Ski Trains. Fares, timetables and bookings information.

First Great Eastern
News, fares, timetables, travel update, events and performance.

First Great Western
Train services run on the lines between London Paddington, South Wales, The Cotswolds and the West of England. Tickets can be purchased online and timetables are available, along with company news and travel information.

First North Western
Serving England’s North West. Promotions, maps, links, passenger charter, timetables, news, and service information.

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First TransPennine Express
First TransPennine Express’ website offers a fun and informative look at train travel in the North/Scotland. There is lots of information on the site about each of their destinations, from Leeds to Liverpool, Manchester to Middlesbrough! Each page on the site shows you what you can do, whether you are day tripping, fancy a night out or are off on holiday with the family.

Gatwick Express
Fast rail transit between Gatwick Airport and London Victoria Railway Stations.

Great North Eastern Railway
Rail transport from London (Kings Cross) to the North east of England and Scotland. Online ticket booking, route and company information are available on the website.

Heathrow Express
Heathrow to London Paddington in 15 minutes, every 15 minutes.

Hull Trains
Direct London to Hull service. News, timetables, information.

London Underground
London’s underground railway system. Journey planner, customer information, and the latest news about the Tube.

Midland Mainline
Midland Mainline operate from Yorkshire and the East Midlands to London Euston. Site has ticket booking, fares and timetabling information.

Northern Spirit
Operates local and inter-regional services in the North and North East of England.

Operating local and long distance services around Scotland, and the Caledonian Sleeper services between London and Scotland.

Silverlink Train Services
Operates trains between London and Birmingham, as well as some suburban trains in London. Site offers train times, services and more information about the company.

South West Trains
Operates trains from London Waterloo station to the South West regions. Site allows you to buy tickets, look at timetables and get more information about the company.

Stanstead Express
Book tickets and get more information about the shuttle service to Stanstead Airport.

Virgin Trains
Timetables online, e-mail booking, business travel, ticket types and fares, train times for Virgin Trains.

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