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UK railway operators exit Interrail system


UK railway operators will leave the Interrail scheme, which allowed traveling by train around Europe at a fixed price without restrictions, The Guardian reports.

The Rail Delivery Group (RDG), which represents the industry, has announced that it will stop participating in the scheme from January 1, 2020. It will also exit Eurail, a parallel scheme for visitors from non-EU countries.

This change will have little impact on those traveling from the UK to Europe. They will still be able to travel around the EU, but they will no longer have the opportunity to start the trip from their station. Instead, they will have to start their journey with Eurostar at London St. Pancras Station.

European travelers, however, will not be able to visit the UK within the Interrail scheme. Instead, they will have the opportunity to buy BritRail tickets, offering unlimited train travel in England, Scotland and Wales, but at about the same price as current Interrail tickets, which covers the entire continent, including the UK.

Former Minister of Transport in the Shadow Cabinet of the Labor Party, Andrew Adonis, was shocked with the decision to quit the Interrail scheme.

"It closes Britain for the next generation of continental Europeans, just as Britain will be disconnects from the continent," he wrote on Twitter. "[UK Prime Minister Boris] Johnson had to stop it. Instead, he does nothing!"

Launched in 1972, the Interrail scheme offers people under the age of 21 the opportunity to travel to 21 countries for £ 27.50.

source: theguardian.com