Faster trains to London from Hull on their way as LNER launches new fleet
One of the new Azuma trains arriving at Teesport
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 30 Apr 2019
A new fleet of high-speed trains will transform travel between Hull and London when they hit the tracks next month.
LNER’s new fleet of Azuma trains will be in service from May 16 on the line between the two cities, with Hull among the first places to be connected.
Passengers travelling from Hull to the capital will benefit from extra leg room and seating in what has been described as “the biggest milestone on the route for 30 years.”
Rival rail operator Hull Trains is also set to unveil its new fleet of Hitachi 802 trains in November, in what comes as a huge boost for the city’s transport links.
LNER’s managing director David Horne said the new Azumas will officially go into service on the Leeds-London King’s Cross route on May 15, with Hull the next destination to be transformed with the new trains.
“I am delighted to confirm that our Hull customers will be among the first to experience our new Azuma trains, which will transform the travel experience on the route” he said.
“This is the first time in 30 years we have seen a new fleet of trains introduced on our route, and we took the decision very early on that we wanted Hull to be one of the first places to benefit.
“I look forward to giving our Hull customers an excellent experience every time they travel with us.”
The new trains will be introduced on the 0700 Hull to London King’s Cross and the 1718 London Kings Cross to Hull services.
LNER customers can expect to experience a more comfortable journey with more seats and an increased amount of leg room in standard class.
The trains also feature the latest in train technology, meaning they are more resilient and better for the environment.
Capable of switching from electric to diesel power, the trains also boast faster Wi-Fi for passengers.
Faster journey times between Hull and the capital are also promised.
LNER’s new fleet will be joined in November in the city by Hull Trains’ new batch of Hitachi 802s. Louise Cheeseman, managing director at Hull Trains, said: “The trains are a lot bigger. They have 30 per cent more capacity so more people can use them. If you want to use first class for example they’ll take 30 per cent more people than they currently do.
“They’re faster and much more reliable. The fact they are bi-modal means that if overhead electric lines were to come down on the East coast, which happens quite often, we can drop the pantograph and return to diesel power and carry on moving.
“So the chance of disruption is reduced significantly.”