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New “transformative” train service sets off from Aberdeen for inaugural run

Tuesday November 26th 2019 at 8:51 AM

A new “transformative” train fleet, which will run between Aberdeen and London’s King’s Cross, departed the North-east for the first time today.

LNER launched its first state-of-the-art AZUMA service from the Granite City at 7.52am.

The new bi-mode Azuma trains are replacing LNER’s diesel High Speed Trains, which have been in operation on the East Coast line for around 40 years. 

The new fleet is kitted out with up to 100 extra seats on each train, as well as increased legroom and luggage space.

They’ll run between Edinburgh Haymarket and London using electricity, meaning they’ll be quieter, smoother and more environmentally friendly.

David Horne, Managing Director of LNER, said: “As one of our most popular routes, and Aberdeen being Scotland’s third largest city, we’re proud to be introducing our new Azuma trains connecting Aberdeen with Edinburgh and London.

“The Granite City is the gateway to the UK’s largest national park, the Caingorms, as well as being surrounded by some of Scotland’s most scenic coastlines. It’s a magnificent destination all year round and what better way to get to and from Aberdeen in style and speed than with our Azuma trains.

“We’re also pleased to be able to respond to customer feedback by increasing the space available for luggage onboard our longer distance services where customers typically travel with more luggage.”

The Azuma trains will be emblazoned with LNER tartan, which incorporates colours that represent the East Coast route.

Currently the firm, which is owned by the Department for Transport, operates three services in both directions everyday between Aberdeen and London King’s Cross, with an additional fourth service also in operation on weekdays in both directions between the Granite City and Leeds.

LNER took over operation of the East Coast line in June last year after Virgin Trains East Coast handed back the contract to the government due to ongoing financial difficulties. 

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