Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce News

Next Phase of Azuma Trains

31 May 2019 by David Horne

I am pleased to announce that the next phase of Azuma trains will enter passenger service from Thursday 1st August 2019, connecting Edinburgh and the North East of England with London King’s Cross. The first Azuma train from Edinburgh will be the prestigious LNER ‘Flying Scotsman’ service, departing Edinburgh Waverley at 05:40, calling at Newcastle at 07:05 and is due to arrive at London King’s Cross at 09:40. The inaugural northbound London to Edinburgh service will depart London King’s Cross at 17:30, calling at Peterborough, Newark North Gate, York, Darlington, Durham, Newcastle, Alnmouth, Dunbar and Edinburgh.

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The Azuma train will be one of the 65 new trains being introduced on the route to replace the existing fleet of 45 trains operated by LNER on the East Coast route over the coming 12 months. Leeds and Hull were among the first destinations to welcome Azuma services from Thursday 15th May 2019. The introduction of the Azuma trains as far north as Edinburgh signals the first opportunity for customers to travel on the state-of-the-art trains between London and Edinburgh. With the new timetable from December 2021, more regular journeys between London and Edinburgh will take just four hours with the Azuma trains.
 
This is a pivotal moment for LNER in demonstrating the transformation of services for our customers and communities that we serve. Establishing new standards in rail travel is part of our DNA, and the new Azuma trains are already making the customer experience better than ever. They are transforming travel for customers with improved reliability, greater levels of comfort and an average of 100 more seats on every train compared to the current fleet. From improved WiFi and extra leg-room to being more environmentally friendly and accessible to more people, the Azuma experience is a real revolution in rail travel. Customers will soon be able to book tickets for travel via our website where services operated by Azuma trains will be clearly highlighted.
 
We hope you have the opportunity to travel on an LNER Azuma soon, and experience for yourself the transformation in rail travel that will be delivered along the East Coast route.
 
Yours faithfully,
 
 
David Horne LNER Managing Director