Inter-city rail in the United Kingdom

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The InterCity 125 is the world's fastest diesel train
Eurostar services are one of only two international rail services serving the United Kingdom (the other being between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. They are also the only services in Great Britain operating at speeds of more than 250 km/h (155 mph).

In Great Britain, there are inter-city trains to numerous parts of the country. Most of these trains are high speed, and some run to France and Belgium.

Increase in passenger rail by sector 1994-2014,[1] as well as a comparison with the London Underground.[2][3]

After the sectorisation of British Rail, inter-city trains were operated by InterCity. InterCity ran trains from London to Devon, Cornwall, Bristol, South Wales, Cheltenham, the Cotswolds, Oxford, the West Midlands, the East Midlands, North Wales, North West England, Yorkshire and the Humber, North East England, Scotland, East Anglia and London Gatwick Airport. There were also numerous Cross Country services, which were inter-city services that traversed several regions and usually avoided Greater London.

The shortest inter-city rail service in the UK is operated by Heathrow Express from London Paddington to Heathrow Terminal 5 and takes 21 minutes to complete. The shortest inter-city rail service which is not an airport rail link is operated by Great Western Railway from London Paddington to Oxford and takes 59 minutes to complete, although these services also call at the larger town, and station, of Reading (30 minutes). The UK's longest direct rail service is operated by CrossCountry from Aberdeen to Penzance and takes 13 hours and 23 minutes to complete.

Inter-city trains from London operate out of the following London terminals:

The following train operating companies operate inter-city trains in Great Britain (operators marked with an asterisk are open-access operators):

See also