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EUROSTAR: Rail operator to extend closure of two UK stations until at least 2022

The cross-channel rail provider has announced that Eurostar trains will not stop in the UK county of Kent until 2022, due in a drop in demand related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Services have not been stopping in the two affected stations, Ashford and Ebbsfleet, since March - however the decision to extend this closure until 2022 has come as a surprise to many, and is not a decision that the provider says has been taken lightly.
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THE BLUE TRAIN: South African luxury train journey set to resume operations

South Africa's iconic luxury train journey on board The Blue Train will be resuming services for private charters from September 2020, the provider has announced; the move coincides with COVID-19 restrictions within the country being adjusted down to level two. Leisure travel will also resume with a full schedule from 1 November, and passengers will benefit from strict and thorough COVID-19 hygiene protocols.
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LNER: UK rail operator begins trials of 'at-seat' catering service to aid social distancing

The UK rail operator LNER, who operate long-distance inter-city services from London King's Cross to north east England and Scotland, is set to begin trials of a new onboard catering service; featuring mobile ordering, the service will facilitate the delivery of food and drink directly to passengers’ seats. The digital in-seat app ‘Let’s Eat – At Your Seat’ will be available to customers in both Standard and First Class.
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ROCKY MOUNTAINEER: Luxury train operator cancels remainder of 2020 season

The Canadian luxury rail-tour company has announced that it has canceled the rest of its 2020 season due to continued pandemic-related travel and health restrictions. Booked guests will be eligible to receive travel credit which will be valid through to the end of 2022.
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LNER: UK rail operator releases tickets on journeys until 31 July 2020

The UK rail operator LNER, who operate long-distance inter-city services from London King's Cross to north east England and Scotland, have announced that they have released tickets for booking on journeys up until and including 31 July. During the COVID-19 pandemic, reservations on LNER services must be made in advance.
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EUROSTAR: Daily rail service from London to Amsterdam to resume from 9 July 2020

The cross-channel rail provider Eurostar has confirmed that it will reinstate its daily through-train from London St Pancras to the Dutch city if Amsterdam effective as of 9 July. There will be a single service (previously it operated up to three times daily) departing London at 11.04 and arriving into Amsterdam Centraal at 16.11.
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LNER: UK rail operator publishes updated health and safety information

LNER have published an update series of resources on health and safety measures being implemented for travel on its UK rail network, including information on air filtering systems being employed. Also included are updated timetables, in-station requirements and a reminder of mandatory PPE guidelines.
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KIWIRAIL: New Zealand's TranzAlpine train service to resume from 4 July 2020

New Zealand's state-owned rail operator KiwiRail is set to resume its TranzAlpine scenic rail journey from 4 July onwards; the beloved train service runs between Christchurch on the east coast of the country's south island, and Greymouth in the west. Beginning with a weekend and school holiday timetable in July and August, the service plans to assess demand before resuming more frequent services, as the country expects its borders to be closed to international visitors for some time.
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AMTRAK: Daily U.S. rail services to be reduced from October 2020

The U.S. rail provider is ending daily services to hundreds of stations across the country; from October, trains will stop at many stations just three times per week, on a reduced schedule that could remain permanent. Amtrak has estimated that passenger numbers could fall by 50% over the next year, and ridership has already decreased by 95% during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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EUROSTAR: Passport-less boarding to be introduced by March 2021

The cross-channel rail operator is preparing to introduce facial recognition technology by March 2021 that will allow passengers to board international services without their passport. The scheme is similar to facial recognition technology in place at major airports including London's Heathrow and Shanghai's Hongqiao, and will be a world-first for rail travel.
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