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An attempt to break the 36-year-old record for the fastest train journey between London and Glasgow will be made today, reports the PA.  

Avanti West Coast will run a non-stop service from London Euston to Glasgow Central to highlight “the ease of travelling between the home nations” as Britons look set to spend the summer exploring on home soil.

The existing record for the quickest train journey between the two cities is three hours, 52 minutes and 40 seconds. That was set by British Rail in December 1984. Currently, the quickest regular services on the route take around four-and-a-half hours.  

For the record attempt, a nine-carriage Pendolino train named Royal Scot will run at 125mph – the maximum permitted speed on Britain’s mainline railway – for as much of the 401-mile route as possible.  

Wishing those involved luck, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Our rail network binds our Union together, and today’s attempt underlines why our clean, green railways is a great way to see the UK.”

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