Gallery: High-Speed Javelin Trains Arrive in the UK


This week the UK joined the ranks of many other European countries as it unveiled its first domestic high-speed rail service. The 140 mph Japanese-built Javelin trains will be slightly more expensive to ride than their slow-poke counterparts, but they will drastically cut down on journey times.

For example, a train ride from London to Ramsgate is reduced from 81 minutes to half an hour, and an Ashford to London trip is cut down from over an hour to 37 minutes. Such time-saving trips come at a price–a 7.3% increase in the case of some off-peak fares. But hopefully, the short trips times will still be attractive enough to dissuade commuters from driving.

Eventually, Britain’s high-speed rail network will expand even further. Prime Minister Gordon Brown recently announced a $32 billion investment in railway infrastructure, and a North-South high-speed rail network is planned in the coming years.

Via UK Daily Mail


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  1. Solar Powered MagLev Hi... June 15, 2010 at 10:40 am

    […] with floor to ceiling transparent windows and passengers can enter and exit on either side of the eco train and can simply press a button to signal their stop. A projector displays information such as the […]

  2. Arrenbas December 16, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Britain has had high speed diesel trains running at 125mph (and capable of setting records in the 140’s) since the 1970’s. They’ve also had electric trains that can theoretically operate at 140mph (and have hit speeds in the 160’s – although they also tend to max out at 125mph in service) since 1990.

    The 140mph trains may be new on certain routes, but they aren’t the first high speed trains in the UK.

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