New Azuma train to include six new services to Harrogate


London Kings Cross to Leeds passing Brookmans Park with the first revenue earning service for an LNER Azuma.

London North Eastern Railway is set to introduce new Azuma services between Harrogate and London’s King Cross from December 15 2019.

The Yorkshire town will benefit from an extra five services from mid-December, allowing extra connectivity and dependability.

Advance tickets for the extra weekday services are now on sale on the LNER website for these new extra services as well as the daily existing northbound and southbound service.

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World-famous Harrogate

David Horne, LNER Managing Director, said: “Harrogate is an incredibly important destination for LNER, so we are delighted to be creating significantly more opportunities for business travellers, tourists and international visitors to make Harrogate an even more attractive and accessible destination.

“From visiting the world-famous Harrogate Spa, RHS Harlow Carr gardens, the ever-popular tea rooms or an outdoors walk through areas of outstanding natural beauty, Harrogate and the surrounding North Yorkshire countryside offers a great range of attractions. We are excited to be launching these revolutionary new Azuma services to help bring many more people to the town.”

New departures from Harrogate will be at 09:36, 11:36, 13:36, 15:36 and 17:36, and from London King’s Cross at 07:33, 09:33, 11:33, 13:33 and 15:33. Different times will apply on a Sunday.

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The new engines cut harmful emissions by 90% compared to the diesel-only High Speed Trains they are replacing.

The new Azuma trains will allow LNER to provide a further six direct Harrogate services a day in each direction, with two in each direction from mid-December serving Horsforth.

The new Azuma fleet will also feature Wi-Fi, plug sockets at every seat and more legroom in Standard class to leave extra space for bags.

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It will also include a newly established traffic light seat reservation system above seats in Standard and First Class which will make it easier for customers to find reserved or available seats.

New reservation system on the Azuma trains
New reservation system on the Azuma trains. Photo: The Railway Hub

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.

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