Virgin Trains to exit from U.K. market, U.S. counterpart expands

Published on : Thursday, May 23, 2019

After being disqualified from the bidding process for the West Coast main line over a row about pension liabilities Virgin Trains is winding down in the U.K.

 

However, the U.S. counterpart will start work this week on the next stage of East Coast main line through Florida.
Om a new 168-mile line Virgin Trains USA has started work at Orlando airport that will cost £4bn (£3.1bn). It will start from east along the Highway 528 towards the Atlantic shore.

 

It will be connecting with the existing line to Miami as the line will head south to West Palm Beach which is expected to complete by 2022.

 

A new rail line with frequent and fast services will be linking the Miami and West Palm Beach. Brightline created this and after agreement with Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group it was branded as Virgin Trains.

 

Initially the trains of the Orlando-West Palm Beach line will run not faster than 110mph but it was constructed to allow speeds of up to 125mph.

 

The overall journey between Miami and Orlando airports will be around three hours.
Patrick Goddard, president of Virgin Trains USA, said that connecting central and south Florida will bring thousands of jobs today and by modernising infrastructure they will strengthen Florida’s economy for decades.

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