23 APRIL 2018


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Article from BTNews 23 APRIL 2018

Virgin's Azuma preview

Sunderland, Doncaster, Lincoln and Peterborough on the east coast rail network had a sneak preview of the future last week with Virgin Trains’ state-of-the-art Azuma making its inaugural visit as preparations to transform services gather pace.

The iconic train, which takes its name from the Japanese word for ‘East’, will be rolled out from next year, with Virgin promising “a new era of comfort and style” for rail passengers.

The test-run, organised by manufacturer Hitachi, is part of a programme to prepare the east coast for the 65-strong Azuma fleet. The first is due to enter service in December as part of a two-year rollout, adding 25% more seats per service.

One of the biggest changes will be to the Lincoln timetable, with direct services to London increasing from one to six a day. Virgin currently operates a daily Lincoln service to and from London and a twice-daily service to and from Sunderland.

Virgin Trains managing director east coast David Horne, said: “Azuma will bring a new era of style to long-distance rail travel. We’re excited to see preparations gathering pace for passengers in Lincoln, Sunderland and across the region."



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