A new train operator is set to launch London King’s Cross to Edinburgh rail services from October 25.
Lumo, an open access operator owned by FirstGroup and launched on September 7, plans to provide low-cost and ‘greener’ alternatives to flying through “all-digital 100% electric” journeys between the two capital cities, from as little as £14.90.
Initial services will comprise two daily return trips, with the expectation of a third return journey starting in mid-December.
Lumo has invested £100 million in purchasing five new Hitachi AT300 inter-city electric trains. It expects to expand to five daily round trips before the end of January 2022 and promises that 60% of all single fares will be available for no more than £30.
However, tickets booked for travel between Monday October 25 and Wednesday December 1 will be priced at £19.90 or less if booked the previous day. Return ticket prices have currently been capped at £69.
Only one class of travel is on offer (Standard Class), which Lumo said will provide “free WiFi, comfortable seating and at-seat catering”.
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