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Introducing National Rail

Trainline is accredited by National Rail, the membership organisation for Britain's train operating companies that run the National Rail Enquiries site, providing information on rail travel and service disruptions.

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A brief history of National Rail

The operation of the trains was devolved into a number of franchises, that would be responsible for the running of passenger trains on their respective routes. All these Train Operating Companies (TOC’s) are part of an unincorporated association called the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) and National Rail Enquiries is the public facing brand for this. The name National Rail and accompanying double arrow symbol are trademarks of the Secretary of State for Transport.

After the privatisation of British Rail in 1996, the rail infrastructure network in Britain was overseen by a newly formed government body name RailTrack, now known as Network Rail. This is not be confused with National Rail Enquiries, which is responsible for passenger bookings.

National Rail Enquiries

National Rail and RDG administer the sale of a number of different ticket types and train ticket discounts such as Season Tickets, Railcards, Off-Peak tickets and much more. What’s more, you can buy all of these different ticket types with Trainline. Using our Journey Planner, you can also find timetables, live train times and cheap train tickets when you book in advance. You can also use the UK trains map, to see where your train journey takes you, and where you'll pass along the way.

There are 27 operating TOCs, along with Eurostar, London Underground and Overground, that operate under the National Rail brand, which can be seen below.


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