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A Record Two Years for LNER

Posted: 22nd June 2023

LNER continues to lead the way when it comes to welcoming people back to rail, topping the table for franchised operators for two years running.

Between January and March 2023, passenger journeys were at 111 per cent when compared with the same period for 2019, according to new data published today by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR).

For the quarter, LNER recorded 6 million passenger journeys, an increase of 22 per cent on the same period in 2022.  Data shows that Fridays and Sundays are still proving to be the most popular days for people to travel as demand for leisure journeys continues to thrive. As a result of changing travel trends, LNER is looking to increase capacity on Sundays, with proposals for additional Sunday services on its London King’s Cross and Leeds route. The wider industry is also trialling carrying out essential engineering works during the week to keep customers on the move during the popular weekend period.

Post pandemic, LNER is the most popular way to travel between Edinburgh and London, with its fully electric fleet of Azuma trains continuing to transport more customers between the two cities than air, as people increasingly look to travel in a more sustainable way.

David Horne, Managing Director at LNER, said: “We are delighted that for two years running LNER has topped the table for franchised operators seeing record numbers of customers return to our services. We’ve seen a huge demand in leisure travel, with business travel continuing to grow. In the 2022-23 financial year, we carried one million more passengers than we than we did in 2018-19.”

Read more about how LNER continues to welcome people back to rail

Annual Stakeholder Forum

Our annual Stakeholder Forum on Tuesday 4 July is now “sold out”.

We are excited to share with those at the event the latest news from LNER and discuss thoughts on how together we can deliver for our destinations and communities.

If you are interested in attending the event – which is being held at the Principal Hotel York – we have created a waiting list which you can sign up to here.

Planned Engineering Works

This weekend – Saturday 24 June and Sunday 25 June – major upgrade works are taking place between London King’s Cross and Stevenage.

These planned engineering works are part of the East Coast Digital Programme which will transform how the railway works for customers.

A good service is scheduled to operate on the rest of the East Coast Main Line, however, we recommend you plan ahead and check your entire journey before you travel or check the National Rail website.

The following alterations will apply to LNER services:

  • There are no direct LNER trains to or from London King’s Cross on Saturday 24 June or Sunday 25 June.
  • All LNER trains will start and terminate at Peterborough or St. Neots. Customers travelling to London should board a rail replacement coach service from St. Neots to Bedford and continue their journey by rail to London St. Pancras.
  • A limited rail service will also operate between Peterborough and St. Neots.
  • One train per hour will run between Leeds and St. Neots.
  • One train per hour will run each way between Scotland/Newcastle and St. Neots, as well as one train per hour each way between Scotland/Newcastle and Peterborough.

Timetable Saturday 24 June 2023

Timetable Sunday 25 June 2023

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