20 MAY 2019


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Article from BTNews 20 MAY 2019

Azuma bows in for LNER

The first of 65 new Azuma trains set to be rolled out by London North Eastern Railway (LNER) on the East Coast route entered service last week. It is the youngest train on the UK rail network.

It was operating initially between London King’s Cross and Leeds, with LNER’s daily service between Hull, Selby and London also replaced by Azuma trains in both directions from last Thursday.

LNER says it will plan to increase the frequency of its Yorkshire and Lincolnshire trains from one train a day to two hourly services for Lincoln and Harrogate by the end of the year.

The North East of England and Scotland will follow in the coming months as LNER works to roll out the Azuma across the 581-mile route by summer 2020.

LNER began running the East Coast franchise last year when the government took the route back into public ownership, and the Azuma is the first new train to be added to the route in more than 30 years.

The company says the trains will add up to 100 extra Standard Class seats per train with the new timetable and faster acceleration of Azumas ultimately achieving London – Edinburgh in 4hr and London – Leeds in 2hr.


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