18 MARCH 2019
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More facilities for business travellers are on the way as London North Eastern Railway (LNER) prepares for its new Azuma trains to enter service on 15 May on the London King’s Cross – Leeds route.
Further trains are being phased into service on the rest of the network over the coming months. Their arrival will see LNER increasing its total fleet from 45 to 65, delivering more than 12,200 seats on the most in-demand services.
The new trains (below) use Japanese bullet train technology – Azuma means “east” in Japanese – and have been built by Hitachi's UK manufacturing team in County Durham using parts supplied from the North East.
In Standard Class, they will offer what LNER calls the best legroom on the east coast, more overhead and under-seat luggage space, improved wi-fi, a power socket for every seat and electronic seat reservations to help passengers find their seats.
First Class will have wider reclining seats and larger tables for laptops, extra fast wi-fi, power sockets and USB charging points at every seat, free lunches and dinners plus LNER’s popular breakfast menu.
LNER managing director David Horne said: “This is what customers up and down the country have been waiting for and represents a monumental milestone for rail travel.”
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