‘Azumas’ in service – LNER outlines service changes

MAY 15 was an historic day for state-backed train operator LNER, which introduced the new Hitachi Class 800 ‘Azuma’ on its first revenue-earning service from London King’s Cross to Leeds and Hull.

The previous day, LNER invited the railway press and other stakeholders on a trip
to Peterborough to sample the train (see also feature on p16). 

Eventually, LNER will be operating 65 ‘Azuma’ trains, some five-car, some nine, with Class 800s as bi-mode and Class 801 as electric only. 

‘Azuma’ No. 800113, working the 11.03 London King’s Cross-Leeds, passing Brookmans Park with the first revenue-earning service on May 15. KEN BRUNT

Their introduction will lead to the retirement of Class 91 locos, along with Mk4 sets, as well as HST sets, on a rolling basis over the coming months.

From the one diagram beginning on May 16, LNER has announced its intentions to ramp up diagrams by the end of June to six. 

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