LNER launched its new Azuma trains on services between London King’s Cross and Lincoln on 21 October.
The extension of services which previously terminated at Newark Northgate has increased the number of daily services from the city to London from one to five. All the new services are operated by five-car Class 800/2 bi-mode Azumas, with LNER having accepted five of the 10 ‘800/2s’ with four in daily service. The 07.30 departure from Lincoln and return from London at 19.06 will continue to be operated by an HST but will switch to a nine-car Class 800/1 bi-mode Azuma ahead of the December timetable change.
From 18 November LNER will start withdrawing its HSTs, with the aim of them all being removed before Christmas. The operator accepted its first nine-car Class 801/2 electric Azuma on 18 October, and will begin introducing these as more are accepted, while the switch-on of a new power feed at Potteric Carr near Doncaster on 22 October provided the uplift in power supply required to increase the number of electric trains operating on the East Coast main line as Azumas replaced HSTs.