New UK operator Lumo starts services
New UK private operator Lumo has started its electric rail service on Monday. The trains run from London King’s Cross station to Edinburgh and back, and the first week is sold out completely. One of its main goals is to get more people to the train, as a sustainable means of transport.
Early ticket sales data suggest reaction to Lumo’s offering has been positive. Lumo says sales are above expectations. Lumo will operate 10 services per day starting from early 2022, and operates up to 4 trains per day from Monday October 25th until Saturday December 11th 2021.
“The support we have received for Lumo has been fantastic”, says Helen Wylde, Managing Director for Lumo. “We have always said we intend to reimagine rail travel and we are glad people are giving us a chance. Tickets are selling well beyond expectations, and we have had great feedback about our commitment to offering a different kind of rail company. However, rest assured we are not complacent and understand we must earn travellers’ trust in the Lumo promise.”
The entire Lumo fleet was built at Hitachi Rail’s UK factory. FirstGroup made a 118 million euro order with Hitachi Rail for the manufacture and maintenance of Lumo’s 5 new AT300 intercity electric trains, which was financed by Beacon Rail.
Lumo aims to create more than 13 million additional passenger journeys in the next decade as well as reducing carbon emissions by encouraging travellers to use greener, electric rail travel. The company expects to contribute as much as 250 million pounds to the UK economy over ten years.
Steve Montgomery, First Rail Managing Director at First Group, which is behind Lumo: “Lumo underlines our commitment to innovation and customer service to reimagining rail travel. We have invested over 100 million pounds to ensure Lumo stands apart and encourages people to choose rail travel over air for journeys between the two capitals.”