TransPennine Express (TPE) has launched additional train services between Edinburgh and Newcastle on 12 December providing communities in East Lothian, the Scottish Borders and Northumberland access to new rail services.
The train company started running five services per day from Monday to Saturday in both directions, calling at Edinburgh Waverley, Dunbar, Reston (once opened), Berwick-upon-Tweed, Alnmouth, Morpeth, and Newcastle, with one service per day calling at Cramlington.
“Improving access to work, education and leisure opportunities by connecting communities is at the heart of our transport priorities. These additional rail services, particularly at intermediate stations, will also make a real difference in encouraging more people out of their cars and onto trains as we strive towards achieving our Net Zero goals,” Graeme Dey, the Scottish Minister for Transport said.
The new services will be operated by TPE’s modern, five carriage Nova 1 trains featuring spacious interiors, plenty of leg room, free Wi-Fi in both Standard and First Class as well as access to onboard entertainment system, Exstream.
Ahead of the changes, customers are advised to plan and book their travel in advance by visiting the TPE website or National Rail Enquiries.
To mark the occasion, TransPennine Express is currently offering 50 per cent off advance purchase fares on this route for tickets purchased until 5th January 2022, with travel taking place between 12th December 2021 and 18th April 2022. The rail operator is also giving customers the chance to win one of ten pairs of First Class train ticket.
“We are thrilled that Transport Scotland and Rail North Partnership have given us approval to run these additional services which will significantly improve connectivity on this route. Services on this route are already looking very popular, and I would encourage those intending to travel to plan their journeys in advance and book ahead,” Matthew Golton, Managing Director for TransPennine Express said.