In Brief, a roundup of the latest national and international travel news

Paris is open for visitors


Despite the recent horrific events, most of the French Capitols tourist attractions are open and operating normally, although if you are planning a trip be aware that there is increased security at train stations and airports and even when leaving travellers should allow extra time for pre-departure checks.

There has been a significant decline in restaurant and hotel bookings, with some countries are questioning citizens on the need to travel, without actually advising against unnecessary travel



Virgin Trains has today announced a £21m train refurbishment programme for its fleet of 45 trains on its east coast route.

This investment will mean that the company will have committed more than £40 million to improving its train fleet since it launched its east coast franchise in March, as part of its plans to invest £140 million over eight years.

The £21 million investment will be spent on the complete refurbishment of the train’s interiors. A total of 401 carriages will be overhauled with 24,123 seats replaced along with refurbished toilets, new carpets and curtains. Leather seats will be fitted in First Class.

The work will be carried out at the company’s Bounds Green depot in London and itsCraigentinny depot in Edinburgh, where it will also fit 35 new engines to its diesel High Speed Train fleet as part of a £16 million contract with engine manufacturerMTU. Further work to the exterior of the fleet takes the total investment to more than £40m.

Stansted Express train is the fast track to Northern Lights experience as Easyjet announces new flights fromStansted Airport


The Stansted Express train is the fastest gateway to a magical Northern Lights experience – with new flights to Reykjavick now available from Stansted Airport.

You can be there in a little over three hours if you travel to the airport by train withStansted Express, the fastest and most comfortable way to get between Central London and the Airport. It’s quicker than coach or car - and the train station at the airport is directly under the airport terminal, just a 2 minute walk to check-in.

With trains every 15 minutes between London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport, the Stansted Express not only offers customers a fast, frequent service, but also travel on one of the most modern train fleets in the country, which includes free Wi-fi, free charge points, unlimited luggage allowance and an at seat trolley service of drinks and snacks.