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Intention remains for Azumas to Middlesbrough

Direct London King’s Cross-Middlesbrough services operated by LNER Azumas will be delivered when there is sufficient capacity.

Rail Minister Jo Johnson made the announcement in a Commons Written Reply to Anna Turley (Labour Co-operative, Redcar) on September 5. However, he did not give a date for the introduction of the services, which were a commitment of the previous Virgin Trains East Coast franchise.

Johnson told Turley that Government is working with Network Rail to deliver infrastructure enhancements on the East Coast Main Line, that are planned to be delivered in the early 2020s.

He said LNER is to put into service “a new fleet of trains through the Intercity Express Programme planned to be fully introduced in 2020. It remains our intention to deliver additional services to Middlesbrough when capacity is available to do so.”

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 12/09/2018 17:27

    Sounds good. I think a London Kings Cross-Middlesbrough direct service could be beneficial when the LNER Class 800 and Class 801 Azumas enters service next year.

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    • piere mon - 04/09/2019 10:39

      Gonna pay t diesel like licky bumbum but boro won't break even times are so hard drivers are going on strike probably to save the Ikea ideas super but 150 200 quid journeys when Thurs night from darlo to kgx can be 12 19 or 30 quidish....warrants poss but unfair to all but not eco like the actresses SAVOY

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 14/09/2018 23:46

    Grand Central would also provide a direct service to Middlesbrough from London King's Cross with their Class 180 Adelante DMUs.

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