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LNER increases train services

LNER will add an extra 1,600 seats a week to its trains from next week. The increase, which comes into effect on Monday, will see 10 trains added to the timetable between Scotland and England, connecting Newcastle, Durham, Berwick, Alnmouth and Darlington to York, London, Edinburgh and northern Scotland.

A train passing by Durham Cathedral on the East Coast Main Line (Image: CREST PHOTOGRAPHY)

LNER Managing Director, David Horne, said: “The changes that we’re introducing from September 7 will increase our service levels from around 75 per cent up to 85 per cent of our pre-Covid timetable, so it’s a significant step forward as we welcome more passengers back to our services. “These additional services will also provide a welcome boost to communities along our route, such as Peterborough, York and Newcastle, which are just some of the destinations set to benefit.

“We are seeing more people travelling on our trains and these extra services will ensure that we can maintain social distancing in the coming weeks.

We continue to work hard to ensure that travel on our trains is safe, with enhanced cleaning on trains and at our stations, complemented by our reservation-only approach to ensure everyone has a socially-distanced seat.”

LNER continues to run reservation-only services and is offering a limited catering offer onboard to support customers in maintaining social distancing.

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