Edinburgh to London budget Lumo train introducing three extra services per day

Edinburgh to London Lumo budget rain service announces it will be running an extra three services every day.

Lumo are currently operating with two trains per day in each direction but that will be ramped up in December and January to a new timetable of five per day.

The new fleet of five Hitachi trains has been financed by Beacon Rail in a £100m deal.

Hitachi, and partners GB Railfreight, are expected to deliver the fifth and final high-speed electric train to their Edinburgh depot in Craigentinny.

The FirstGroup train operator were delighted to report that there initial ticket sales are ahead of expectations, with weekend services in particular proving to be very popular.

Lumo have also just announced that their new base in Newcastle will create 100 new jobs as they aim to provide customers with a low-cost alternative to flying.

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Passengers wait to board the new Lumo train

They hope to create more than 13 million additional passenger journeys in the next decade on the Edinburgh to London line.

Lumo say that one single class and tickets will be price capped at a maximum of £69, and 60 per cent of all single fares will be available at a cost of £30, while its cheapest return could be as low as £29.80.


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After leaving Edinburgh the train stops at Morpeth, Newcastle and Stevenage – providing rail links to airports in the North East of England and Luton.

All seats are standard class but Lumo say that they want to ‘put everyone in the good seats’ and all their seats offer ‘optimised’ leg room. There are reading lights, power sockets and USB ports but some seats do not have windows.

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The Lumo service at Edinburgh train station

Speaking to Rail Business UK, First Rail managing director, Steve Montgomery says that the project has bene five years in the making, and the aim was to provide a green alternative to air and coaches.

He said: “The country has been through a very difficult 18 months but the area that’s come back the most in rail travel has been leisure, which our service is predominately aimed at.

“As we gradually build the Lumo service over the next couple of months and into next year, we expect to see the services react in the way that we’ve put in the business plan.”

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