Azumas to enter service from May

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LNER has announced that the first from its new fleet of Azuma trains will enter service on May 15.

The first Azuma train will run from London King’s Cross to Leeds, with further trains being phased into service on the rest of the route over the coming months.

The trains, which were originally due to enter service in December, have been tested by engineers and technical staff from Hitachi, Network Rail and the Department for Transport to ensure they will meet “the high standards LNER sets for outstanding customer service”.

LNER managing director David Horne said: “This is what customers up and down the country have been waiting for and represents a monumental milestone for rail travel.”

The introduction of the Azumas will see LNER’s fleet increase from 45 to 65 trains.