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.
Inspired by Scotland’s connections to the rest of the UK.
Train lines: GTFS Data Exchange
Country outline: Natural Earth
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.
Flights – OpenFlights.org
Trains – GTFS Data Exchange
Ferries – OpenStreetmap
Land – NaturalEarth
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.
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