Monthly Archives: April 2014

UK Rail Network Visualized by Operator

Update: see the weekly updated version at: UK Rail Network Map

The United Kingdom’s railway network is split up into regional franchises, these franchises are run by private companies who bid on the work. So for example ScotRail, which runs the trains in Scotland is owned by the FIrst Group, who also run a number of other regional franchises. This can however change, when the contracts are up for bid.

Interestingly there is also a governmental holding company (Directly Operated Railways), which can take over a franchise if necessary, they currently run East Coast Trains.

For this visualization I have grouped Serco-Abellio and Abellio as Serco/Abellio.

EDIT: Like mentioned in the Scotland to the Rest of the UK, lines are drawn between stations on a route. So a direct route from Glasgow to London would be a direct line between the two terminus stations.

UK Railway Network by Operator

Inspired by Scotland’s connections to the rest of the UK.


Train lines: GTFS Data Exchange

Country outline: Natural Earth

Public Transport Connections Between Scotland and the Rest of the UK

As a follow up to Scotland’s connections to outside the UK, here are the connections between Scotland and the rest of the UK. Missing is the bus network.

The train lines are drawn between stops on the route, so a direct train from London to Glasgow would be a straight line between the two terminus stations.

The real interesting thing is that there is a crosscountry train running from Glasgow to Penzance.


Data sources:

Flights –

Trains – GTFS Data Exchange

Ferries – OpenStreetmap

Land – NaturalEarth

Scotland’s Connections to the Wider World

On the verge of the Scottish vote for independence here is a look at all of the scheduled passenger connections between Scotland and outside of the UK. As it is, there are only flights. There are a few ferries between Northern Ireland and Scotland, however NI is still within the UK. No conclusions just an interesting visualisation.

Flights from Scotland to outside the UK

Thanks to:

The World Is A Village – PostGIS: using latitude and longitude to create geometry

Anita Graser – Visualizing Global Connections

Data from:

Natural Earth