By Evie Carrick
March 26, 2019
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A common practice for travelers is to book a ticket to a European city and then use low-cost air carriers to travel between various countries within the continent. This style of travel is flexible and often cheap. In fact, Rick Steves’ Europe estimates that inter-European flights on low-cost carriers like easyJet and Ryanair cost between $50 and $250. Now, the United Kingdom is taking it one step further.

They’re looking to make travel in the U.K. a whole lot easier — and cheaper — with the announcement of a new train connecting London and Edinburgh, Scotland, according to Lonely Planet. The trip is estimated to take about four hours and cost less than £25, or about $33. The trains, which will be operated by FirstGroup and were made by the Japanese company Hitachi, travel at 125 mph and are electric.

According to a statement from FirstGroup, “Currently two-thirds of journeys between the two capitals are made by air.” The new high-quality, low-cost transport system is hoping to entice travelers to travel by train by providing on-board catering, free WiFi, new interiors, and on-board air conditioning. Currently, the train is expected to open in the autumn of 2021.

Steve Montgomery, the managing director of First Rail, FirstGroup’s rail division, said in the statement, “The new trains we are introducing will provide the highest level of comfort and service, whilst being great for the environment and air quality.” He noted that the train will “show we are serious about competing with low-cost airlines and opening up rail travel on this key route to thousands of new passengers.”

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