London North Eastern Railway (LNER) is proud to announce new Azuma services will be introduced between Lincoln and London King’s Cross from Monday, October 21.
The Azuma services will be the first wave of new LNER trains between the two cities.
Azuma trains will begin operating weekday services in each direction alongside the existing daily LNER High Speed Train (HST) service from October 21, with tickets on sale from today (Friday, August 30).
David Horne, Managing Director at LNER, said: “Azuma trains will not only revolutionise the customer experience for those who travel with us between Lincoln and London but open up huge economic benefits for the city and wider area thanks to the increase of services from one train each way to six return services.
“With these new regular services in both directions, offering journey times from December of just under two hours between London and Lincoln, it offers significantly more opportunities for business travel, tourists and the many international visitors wanting to experience the many historic and cultural attractions Lincoln proudly offers including the magnificent Cathedral, Castle and stunning views from the Medieval Wall.”
The Azuma fleet will provide a two-hourly Monday to Friday service departing London at 10:06, 12:06, 14:06 and 16:06. Southbound services will depart Lincoln at 11:18, 13:23, 15:26 and 17:14.
The current 07:30 Lincoln to London and return service from London at 19:06 will be replaced by an Azuma train later in the year as the transformation of LNER services on the route continues.
Full details of the additional train times are already included in the current LNER timetable as the introduction of the new Azuma fleet was anticipated ahead of the next timetable change in December.
A sixth daily return weekday service will be introduced as part of the December timetable change, alongside five additional services on Saturdays. The Saturday Azuma service will be introduced from Saturday, December 7 to provide extra seats for people wishing to visit the Lincoln Christmas Market.
From the December timetable change, there will be five services in each direction on Sundays.
From the best ever WiFi, plug sockets at every seat and more legroom in Standard class to extra space for bags, ergonomically designed seats and an excellent range of refreshments served at seat or from the Cafe Bar, the new Azuma fleet will transform the journey experience.
The Azuma fleet offers significant environmental benefits. Azuma trains will run using overhead electric wires between London and Newark North Gate. The bimode Azuma fleet will then operate under diesel power for the short stretch between Newark and Lincoln. The modern engines will cut harmful emissions by 90% compared to existing diesel-only High Speed Trains.
Communities and customers at stations across the route will benefit from cleaner air and substantially lower noise pollution levels thanks to the Azuma trains being quieter than the existing fleet which will be fully replaced by June 2020.
Charlotte Goy, Director of PR and Marketing at Visit Lincoln said: “The significantly improved rail service between London and Lincoln is transformational and marks a new chapter for opportunity and growth.
“The addition of four new direct connections to the capital of the UK is an exciting opportunity, and Visit Lincoln will continue its work with LNER to make sure the new timetable is a success.
“Over the past two years, Visit Lincoln has supported LNER by inviting and showing them around the city and introducing them to local businesses including the University of Lincoln and Lincoln City Football Club. We’ve organised familiarisation trips, joint promotions, hosted LNER’s leadership team away-day and organised stakeholder events. Anything they needed to know about Lincoln – we told them!
“We want everyone along the East Coastline to know that Lincoln is open and ready for business. We will be launching a series of promotions inviting people to visit Lincoln for business, day trips and short breaks. Our international travel campaign will also be developed, ensuring Lincoln is a destination accessible by rail for overseas visitors exploring outside of London.
“We’ve seen record economic growth in tourism over the past five years thanks to Visit Lincoln’s promotion of Lincoln Castle Revealed, the Knights Trail, Lincoln City Football Club’s success and the opening of International Bomber Command Centre to name a few. And there’s more to come with the opening of Cathedral Connected, the exciting development of the Cornhill Quarter, St Marks Shopping Centre transformation, as well as several international travel trade projects we are working on with VisitBritain.
“There has never been a better time to market Lincoln as a place to visit, work, live and invest in – and we are looking forward to doing this with LNER.”