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There are 28 major UK train operators across the UK, typically covering a geographical area or region. With Trainline, the UK's leading independent train ticket retailer you have access to all the information you need to search, compare and buy train tickets online or via the app.

Former UK train companies

Virgin Trains

Virgin Trains

Virgin Trains were the main rail operators in the UK until December 2019, when the West Coast franchise was taking over by Avanti West Coast. Virgin provided high-speed services from London Euston to major cities including Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool. 

East Midlands Trains

East Midlands Trains

East Midlands Trains were the main operator of services on East Midlands lines until August 2019, when East Midlands Railway took over. EMT trains connected cities such as Nottingham, Leicester and Sheffield with London and parts of Northern and Central England. 

Arriva Trains Wales

Arriva Trains Wales

Arriva Trains Wales were train operators that connected the biggest cities and smaller towns in Wales, as well as destinations like Manchester and Chester. Since October 2018, Transport for Wales now operate all former Arriva Trains Wales routes. 

London commuter services

UK train network information

National Rail

National Rail

National Rail is the public-facing brand of the Rail Delivery Group (RDG). RDG provides information and timetables for all of Britain's train operating companies (TOCs). 

British Rail

British Rail

British Railways was the state-owned company responsible for most overground rail transport in Britain from 1948 to 1997. Trading as British Rail from 1965, the company was privatised between 1994 and 1997 and was succeeded by National Rail.

Train companies in Europe

Cote Dazur France

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