Azuma has arrived between Leeds, Hull and London

Welcome onboard our new Azuma trains. We're making progress for the people and places along the 940 miles of the east coast by introducing a new fleet of state-of-the-art trains. 

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What is the Azuma?

Azuma brings more space for extra comfort, faster free Wi-Fi and plug sockets at every seat and with more seats in Standard we've added more great value fares. But Azuma is more than new trains – this is about us transforming train travel for everyone.

Azuma means “east” in Japanese. Our new trains use Japanese bullet train technology, built by Hitachi's UK manufacturing team in County Durham, using parts supplied from the north east. 

The facts:

  • We'll have more trains - increasing our fleet from 45 to 65 trains
  • That means more than 100 more seats will be available every day - and more seats means more of our great value fares
  • The trains are a diesel-electric hybrid and are built in the north east of England using lightweight materials to make them more environmentally friendly 
  • Azuma has technology, quality and reliability built in - to  give you smoother, quieter, more reliable journeys.

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Inside Azuma Standard coaches

Bikes on Azuma

New Let's Eat Cafe Bar menu in Standard

Inside our new First Class

Plugs and USBs at every seat in First Class

New two-course menu in First Class

When will I be able to travel on an Azuma train?

Refreshing our entire fleet of trains is a big task – that's why we're planning to roll out Azuma over a number of months.

First Azuma to Leeds, Wakefield, Doncaster, Peterborough and London

From 15 May.

First Azuma train to Hull, Brough, Selby, Newark and Grantham 

From 16 May.

First Azuma train to Retford and Stevenage 

From 27 May.

First Azuma to Skipton, Keighley and Shipley

From 17 June.

First Azuma to York, Newcastle, Edinburgh

From 1 August.

View the Azuma train times here.

We'll be announcing dates for further rollouts throughout the year so keep checking back!