Lumo, operated by FirstGroup company East Coast Trains, is to provide open access inter-city passenger services between London King's Cross, Stevenage, Newcastle, Morpeth and Edinburgh from October 2021. It will use a fleet of five 200 km/h Hitachi AT300 five-car Class 803 electric trainsets, and is aiming to offer passengers a high quality, cost effective and more sustainable alternative to flying or long-distance coaches, rather than to compete head on with LNER’s existing InterCity East Coast services.
UK: Rail industry processes ensured that passenger safety was not compromised following the discovery of bodyshell cracks on the Hitachi-built Class 800 series trainsets in May 2021, according to a report published by the Office of Rail & Road on April 7.
UK: Performance at First Rail’s four management fee-based train operating companies is in line with expectations for the second half of the financial year, while open access operators Hull Trains and Lumo are marginally ahead of expectations, FirstGroup said in a trading update on February 25.
Having unveiled Lumo as the brand name for its Edinburgh to London open access service, FirstGroup explains to Rail Business UK how it is taking a different approach to rail travel with the aim of winning passengers from air and coach.