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The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) says it has scrapped a plan to leave the Interrail scheme in 2020 following backlash against the decision.
Eurail announced yesterday that Interrail and Eurail tickets purchased after 1 January 2020 would no longer cover train journeys in the UK outside of Eurostar services into London.
RDG responded by saying the decision was made over a dispute between it and Eurail about a plan to combine the Interrail and Eurail schemes – which allow visitors to travel around Europe by rail on a single ticket – into one. RDG, which represents UK train operators, claimed the move would cause confusion for tourists because its Britrail pass offered a similar service for journeys within the UK.
However, the public took to social media to criticise the decision, saying it would discourage visitors from journeying beyond London.
In response to the backlash, RDG director of nations and regions Robert Nisbet said: “Britain’s train companies never wanted to leave Interrail. Following the strong reaction to news of our departure, we and Eurail... renewed talks. We are pleased to be able to tell passengers that we have reached agreement and will be remaining part of both the Interrail and Eurail passes.”
London North Eastern Railway (LNER) had earlier Tweeted its intention to stay in the scheme after ‘listening to its customers’.