LNER confirms last HST services ahead of retirement

London North Eastern Railway HST arrives into Leeds
Credit: Bradley Langton

London North Eastern Railway has confirmed what will be the last services using High-Speed Trains on the East Coast Main Line ahead of their retirement.

LNER has announced that they will be running a special farewell tour, with tickets raising money for CALM. More information can be seen here.

The Farewell Tour will see a HST re-painted in the original British Rail InterCity 125 livery.

LNER’s final HST services will operate on Sunday 15th December.

The services are likely to be 19:35 London King’s Cross to Leeds service with the 17:05 Harrogate to London King’s Cross being the last southbound service.

What did the officials say?

David Horne, Managing Director of LNER, said:

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for us to express our appreciation for the decades of service from the iconic Intercity 125 on the East Coast route. We recognise the huge transformation these trains gave to rail travel when they were introduced in the 1970s, and want to show our appreciation by taking them around the route one last time.

“We’re particularly delighted that on its last service with LNER, we will take the HST on a route it’s not done with us before, from Aberdeen across to Inverness.

“Our HST farewell tour gives our customers and communities the opportunity to see the train in its original lively after serving the country so well over the years before being replaced by our new world-class Azuma trains.

“I’m also delighted we are able to partner with the Campaign Against Living Miserably charity to help us build on the £100,000 already raised by working together and giving the proceeds of this farewell tour to CALM.”

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