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The last of the 65 new Azuma trains have joined the LNER fleet
They have replaced the existing fleet of 45 trains which run along the 940 miles of track between Scotland, North East England, Yorkshire, the East Midlands and London.
David Horne, Managing Director of LNER, Tweeted: “The last new Azuma leaves the depot. Our 65th Azuma train joined the LNER fleet today – thank you to the cross-industry team especially at Hitachi, DfT, Agility, Network Rail, GB Railfreight and LNER who have worked together to test and deliver all 65 new trains in just 18 months.”
The first of the new Azuma trains arrived in May last year.
Speaking when the first one was launched, David said: “Setting new benchmarks in rail travel is part of our DNA, and the new Azuma trains are the next big step for LNER in making the customer experience the best that it can be.
“From extra leg-room and improved Wi-Fi to being more environmentally friendly and accessible to more people, the Azuma experience is a real revolution in rail travel.”
In their first 12 months, Azuma carried over 4.5 million passengers more than five million miles. To celebrate the public were invited to name a train, with the new names being drawn from a shortlist later this year.
Photo credit: Azuma
This article first appeared on www.railbusinessdaily.com
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