London North Eastern Railway (LNER) completed a test run from Cleethorpes in Lincolnshire and London King’s Cross, with the view to operating a direct service in the future.
A first test train travelled from Doncaster on 26 June which called at Grimsby Town, Cleethorpes, Barnetby and Market Rasen. At each station, a series of platform and train validations were performed to ensure that a service could be compatible in the future.
On the journey itself, a specialist team travelled onboard, carried out a number of checks and assessments which is required for any potential new route or extension. A detailed assessment was undertaken. The findings will now be reviewed by the stakeholders.
David Horne, managing director at LNER said: “This is a really positive step to see whether LNER can reinstate its direct services between Cleethorpes and London King’s Cross. It is early stages yet and there is a lot more work to do to see whether these services can come back for the first time in decades, but today we have shown that with willpower and cross-industry collaboration, we might be able to see LNER services connect Cleethorpes to London once again.”
The test run for the possible introduction of a new service has long had backing from MP’s with Lia Nici, MP for Great Grimsby, Martin Vickers, MP for Cleethorpes and Sir Edward Leigh, MP for Gainsborough.
Since COVID-19 ended, LNER has welcomed back one million more passengers than it did in 2018-19 and topped the table of rail franchisee’s for two years for passengers carried according to the Office of Road and Rail.
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