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New LNER Hitachi “Azuma” Fleet To Be Installed With State-of-the-Art Wi-Fi

LNER (London North Eastern Railways) have chosen Icomera to deliver Next Generation passenger Wi-Fi on their new “Azuma” fleet of 65 Hitachi intercity Express trains. The project is set to be completed by early 2020.

Icomera will implement its new 5G ready X5 mobile access and applications router on board, meaning LNER passengers will be amongst the first to experience Icomeras new technology.

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Be the first to travel on the brand new Azuma train. Tickets available.

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.

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ALL CHANGE and NO CHANGE to East Coast Rail !

As you may recall last month we reported the governments decision to make changes to the current East Coast rail franchise. It has now been confirmed that London North Eastern Railway, or LNER as you’ll come to know it, is to be the new operator for the East Coast line from Sunday 24 June. A new operator but pretty much everything else stays the same. The same trains will be operating to the same timetable, so there will be no impact to services as a result of this transition to LNER.

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Virgin Trains Welcomes Wills and Wally Their Newest Azuma Sets

After nearly two months at sea, two brand new Azuma train sets arrived from Japan on Wednesday.  Having circumnavigated the globe on the container ship Wallenius Wilhelmsen the two Azuma sets have been affectionately nicknamed Wills and Wally (after the boat they arrived on).  The two five-car sets will be used for platform validation tests on the East Coast Mainline throughout May and June.

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The North South Divide is Shrinking!

We reported back in April last year that the go ahead had been given on the new high speed Azuma train. With trains now fresh out of production trials have begun between London and Edinburgh, and already journey times have begun to shrink. Last week The new Azuma train shaved 22 minutes off the current journey time. The trial was carried out by train manufacturer Hitachi as part of its testing phase between now and 2018 - which is when they plan to roll out the new 65-strong fleet.

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Virgin Trains' new look lounges

Virgin Trains are celebrating the opening of its refurbished First Class lounge at King’s Cross in London. This is one of eight refurbished First Class lounges to be rolled out on the train operator’s East Coast route and comes in response to a six per cent increase in First Class travel since Virgin Trains took over the franchise a year ago.

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