LNER Azuma trains ready for launch

Image showing LNER Azuma train at London Kings Cross

15th March 2019

Following a highly intensive and rigourous testing regime on the East Coast mainline, the new 'Azuma' trains will soon enter passenger service with LNER. Engineers and technical staff from Hitachi Rail, Network Rail and the Department for Transport have worked tirelessly to ensure they will meet the high standards that LNER set for outstanding customer service.

The first Azuma train will run from London King’s Cross to Leeds from Wednesday 15 May 2019, with more trains being phased into service to all other LNER Destinations over the coming months. LNER customers will see more seats and more trains as Azuma is rolled out across our route, with the total fleet increasing from 45 to 65 trains.

LNER Managing Director David Horne said:

“The first Azuma train (will run) on the service between London and Leeds. This is what customers up and down the country have been waiting for and represents a monumental milestone for rail travel. We’ve worked very hard alongside our partners and suppliers to reach this point and I look forward to giving all our customers an excellent experience every time they travel with us.”

Karen Boswell, Managing Director of Hitachi Rail said:

“Passengers on the East Coast mainline will soon be able to enjoy a fleet built in the North East of England harnessing Japanese bullet train technology. Our British train factory has sourced parts from across the country to build the Azuma trains, which herald a new era for this famous route.”

Rob McIntosh, Route Managing Director for Network Rail, said:

“We’re absolutely delighted that passengers will soon be able to travel on the new Azuma trains and we look forward to them reaping the benefits. A huge amount of work has gone into reaching this significant step and we have worked extremely closely with both LNER and Hitachi on this.”

Author: Darren Porter
Image: LNER