A date has finally been set when the new Azuma trains will call at York station.

We will find out what all the fuss is about when the first services arrive on Yorkshire Day, August 1.

A much faster start

The Azuma train is at the bottom
Source: LNER on Twitter

London North Eastern Railway (LNER) announced today that the high-tech Azuma trains will be introduced on the route connecting Edinburgh, the North East of England and London King’s Cross from Thursday 1 August.

The first Azuma trains have been running between London and Leeds for two weeks.

But technical problems have delayed the rollout further north.

More seats and leg room

The advantages of Azuma trains include:

  • an average of 100 more seats on every train
  • improved WiFi
  • new traffic light seat reservation system
  • plug sockets at every seat
  • an extra 7cms of leg room in standard class
  • more overhead and under-seat luggage space
  • window blinds

Managing director of LNER David Horne said: “The launch of the first Azuma trains to and from Edinburgh and the north east of England is a pivotal moment for LNER in demonstrating the transformation of services for our customers and communities that we serve.

“Establishing new standards in rail travel is part of our DNA, and the new Azuma trains are already making the customer experience better than ever.

“They will transform travel for customers with improved reliability, greater levels of comfort and an average of 100 more seats on every train compared to the current fleet.”