Harrogate rail passengers may be in line for better daily London services as LNER launches public consultation

London North Eastern Railway (LNER) has begun an eight-week public consultation to seek views on its proposed timetable changes which will include a better daily service between Harrogate and London.

Friday, 11th June 2021, 4:21 pm
Potential Harrogate Azuma train boost - LNER’s proposed new timetable from May 2022 seeks to build on more than a decade of planning and investment in LNER’s new Azuma trains and Network Rail's modernisation of the East Coast's tracks.
Potential Harrogate Azuma train boost - LNER’s proposed new timetable from May 2022 seeks to build on more than a decade of planning and investment in LNER’s new Azuma trains and Network Rail's modernisation of the East Coast's tracks.

LNER’s proposed new timetable from May 2022 seeks to build on more than a decade of planning and investment in LNER’s new Azuma trains and Network Rail's modernisation of the East Coast's tracks.

It aims to support the economies and communities along its East Coast route, providing more services, more seats and reduced journey times and high levels of reliability on long distance services between London the north of England and Scotland, as an even more sustainable alternative to air and road.

The timetable will see LNER’s five trains per hour into and out of London King’s Cross increase to six, enabling the introduction of new, faster services throughout the day.

There will be 39 additional LNER services per weekday and many more at the weekend too. London-Edinburgh services will be around 15 minutes faster with up to 1,500 more seats per day, each way; and London to Newcastle services will be around 10 minutes faster, with up to 7,500 more seats per day, each way.

In the case of Harrogate-London rail commuters, if approved, it would mean a boost for services and the Harrogate economy:

Journey times between Harrogate and London will be about ten minutes shorter during the day.

Trains from Harrogate to London will run earlier from 6.35am, rather than the current 7.34pm.

There will be an extra service from Harrogate to London with the last train of the day departing being at 6.35pm, rather than 5.36pm.

Trains from London to Harrogate will start earlier at 6.40am, rather than 7.33am, though the last train of the day will be earlier at 4.39pm, rather than 5.33pm.

The public consultation is open from today, June 11 to August 5, 2021 to seek the views on the proposed timetable.

David Horne, LNER Managing Director, said: “Our new consultation gives us the opportunity to hear the views of our customers and communities across LNER’s route on the proposed improvements we’d like to make from next May, including faster services and more seats between London, York Newcastle and Edinburgh."

A dedicated website – www.lner.co.uk/Timetable2022 – has gone live today , where people are able to find lots of information explaining the improvements proposed, including what the changes mean for each town or city.

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