22nd May 2012
Harrogate-London Trains have had a successful first year
new everyday return train service from Kings Cross to Harrogate has just
completed its first year of operation with very good results. East Coast
Trains say that over 43,000 passengers have used the Harrogate leg of the
direct Kings Cross services during its first year.
evening return from Kings Cross to Harrogate was restored on 22nd May 2011
after extensive lobbying by Harrogate Chamber of Trade & Commerce, supported
by Harrogate Borough Council and many other local organisations.
Chamber Chief Executive Brian Dunsby said that this was the first new rail
service to Harrogate for over 25 years and it has clearly been welcomed, not
only by Harrogate business people and local residents returning from trips
to London, but even more importantly by the thousands of business and
leisure visitors coming to Harrogate from London, from the South-East of
England and from East Anglia.
said that over 60 years ago Harrogate enjoyed a frequent
London-Harrogate-Edinburgh Pullman Car service with up to 10 trains per day.
This was cut back in stages until Harrogate had just one direct London
service, south bound, Monday to Saturday mornings only. The new northbound
service from London to Harrogate was the first NEW service TO Harrogate for
over 25 years. East Coast was also persuaded by the Chamber to operate a new
direct service in each direction on Sundays, which has proved very popular
in both directions during the past year.
Looking forward, Harrogate Chamber has asked East Coast Trains to examine
the possibility of making the Harrogate-London journey times shorter by
reducing the station delays en route. The Chamber has also asked the
Department for Transport to include in their forthcoming ECML Franchise
Specification a new early morning service from Kings Cross via Leeds to
Harrogate and a new evening return from Harrogate to Kings Cross.
new East Coast Harrogate services formed part of their complete upgrade of
services between London, Yorkshire and Scotland, as outlined in the
following East Coast News release which marks the completion of their first
year of operation with new schedules and improved complimentary First Class
East Coast News Release
CELEBRATES THE BEST OF BRITISH ON ITS ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY
operator marks the launch of its timetable and First Class complimentary
food and drink service one year on
As Her Majesty the Queen
makes final preparations for her Jubilee celebrations, East Coast is
celebrating an anniversary of its own - the first birthday of its timetable
and First Class complimentary food and drink service, which launched on 22
To mark the occasion and to
get is passengers in the mood, East Coast is revamping its First Class Menu
for summer following a patriotic theme, in-keeping with the Queen's Jubilee,
including old favourites such as its Great British Breakfast, with new
arrivals such as jacket potatoes and coronation chicken, posh pork pies with
piccalilli and Eton mess - all fit for a right royal celebration.
The introduction of the
newly revamped menu on Monday 28 May follows closely behind the one year
anniversary of the introduction of East Coast's new timetable and
complimentary food and drinks in First Class.
East Coast Managing Director
Karen Boswell said: "The introduction of our new timetable and First Class
complimentary service on 22 May 2011 was a great achievement for the
business and we are really proud of the hard work and dedication of our
staff who have contributed so much to its success."
East Coast launched the
biggest timetable change on the route in over 20 year son 22 May 2011. This
saw the introduction of 19 new weekday and 22 new weekend services,
including its direct Edinburgh and Newcastle to London 'Flying Scotsman'
service, a new daily direct service between London and Lincoln, and a new
seven days-a-week service between London and Harrogate.
Karen Boswell added: "The
launch date was a truly momentous occasion when we unveiled the fantastic
new 'Flying Scotsman' service, which runs in just four hours from Edinburgh
to London and two hours 37 minutes from Newcastle to the capital.
"This has been a really
popular service and marks a new era in the new 150-year history of the
"The extra services fro 22
May provided an additional 10,800 seats per weekday for passengers and
offered improved journey times, better connections at our key station, and a
standardised clock-face timetable, making it easier to use and more
memorable to use.
"Improvements to First
Class, including better Wi Fi and the introduction of a Quiet Coach and our
complimentary food and drinks service, have proved really popular, with a
21% overall increase in the number travelling First Class in 2011-2012.
"We have seen a 31% increase
in First Class passenger journeys on our Leeds to London services - and a
massive 39% increase on our flagship London to Edinburgh route.
"Since the complimentary
service was introduced, we have served four million cups of tea and coffee,
120,000 bacon sandwiches and 150,000 Great British Breakfasts to our First
Passengers wishing to sample
the newly revamped menu will be able to enjoy dishes from Monday 28 May
where they will be able to try a taste of summer with the new dishes.