We reported back in August last year how the new Azuma train shaved 22 minutes off the current journey time between London and Edinburgh in trials carried out by train manufacturer Hitachi. It was part of a testing phase to be completed prior to the roll out of the new 65-strong fleet.
The trains will be operated by LNER who have picked up where Virgin East Coast Trains left off. The new Azuma will bring the regular journey time between Kings Cross and Edinburgh down to just four hours.. The new trains will utilise electricity and diesel power to boost passenger capacity out of London by 28 per cent during peak times.
Azuma translates as “East” in Japanese paying homage to the fact that it was developed and built in the East and will also service the East Coast route.
For rail enthusiasts wanting to be on board the first Azuma services tickets are available now. If you are living in the south of England the first Azuma service will operate between London and Leeds on Thursday 04th December departing London Kings Cross Station at 11:03. If you live in the North of England the first service operating between Leeds and London departs on the same date from Leeds at 13:45.
If you are planning a business trip to either of these cities and your schedule permits, why not combine your appointment with the opportunity to be part of railway history. To book this, and all other rail journeys please contact your Traveleads consultant.