UK Train Operators U-Turn Over Interrail Decision

UK Train Operators Pull Out of Interrail - Expert with Points

UK train operators have reversed their decision to quit the Interrail scheme.

On Wednesday, it was announced that the UK would no longer be apart of Interrail, with European travellers wishing to use the rail network in the UK instead having to purchase a BritRail ticket instead.

There was loud protest over this decision, from multiple outlets, and the UK operators have now relented and reversed the original decision.

Just 24-hours after announcing the decision to cease participation in the scheme from 1 January 2020, the Rail Delivery Group said it would remain in the 47-year-old scheme.

The change would have had little effect of UK travellers heading to Europe, who would still have been able to travel through EU countries, starting their journey only from the Eurostar at London St Pancras.

The push from the Rail Delivery Group seemed to be an encouragement to buy a BritRail pass, which provides unlimited train travel throughout England, Scotland and Wales. However, this would have been around the same price as the current Interrail pass, which covers both the European continent, including the UK.

The Interrail scheme was launched in 1972, providing people up to the age of 21 the ability to travel to 21 countries for a fixed fee. Last year, over 300,000 Interrail passes were sold.

Thomas Goddard

Thomas Goddard

Thomas is Expert with Points' travel writer, covering a variety of travel locations with handy guides on the must-see places on any trip.

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