Approaching midnight on Friday 20 April, the very first Virgin Azuma train came into Harrogate Station – marking the countdown towards a two-hourly service between Harrogate and London Kings Cross due in May 2019.
The train came specifically to check how well it fitted against the platforms.
The new train was welcomed by Brian Dunsby, former Chief Executive of Harrogate Chamber of Trade and Commerce, who has been campaigning for extra London trains since 2008.
Brian said “The six new direct services will make an enormous difference to the Harrogate economy. As a town which relies heavily on the visitor economy, both through tourism and the conference trade, strong links to London and the south of England are absolutely vital.
On top of that, we have many professional service businesses in Harrogate and they need to be able to get to and from the capital with ease in order to grow and operate successfully. These new trains will make that ambition a reality and we look forward to working closely with Virgin to ensure Harrogate remains a key consideration in their East Coast operations.”