Following in the footsteps of Avanti West Coast we now see LNER making schedule adjustments.
LNER’s MD David Horne has tweeted to say schedules would be amended from today across the network throughout February.
Reduced timetable on LNER services throughout February, starting Monday 1 Feb. 👇
Please remember to check your train times if you are making an essential journey, and reserve a seat so we can guarantee social distancing.
— David Horne (@DavidHorne) January 31, 2021
The train company operates along the East Coast Mainline from London Kings Cross to Yorkshire, the Northeast and Scotland.
Unlike Avanti West Coast, which cut its schedules last month and whose trains terminate at Glasgow, LNER’s services continue north to Aberdeen* and Inverness.
* Note that owing to bridge damage further north (meaning the line is closed) there will be no through trains to Aberdeen until the end of service on February 21.
So what has changed? It’s roughly the same as the schedules LNER offered during the first lockdown.
Throughout February LNER’s schedules will operate to an hourly frequency on main routes from London to Leeds, Newcastle and Edinburgh.
However if you glance at the schedules you will see additional services added at busy times.
Beyond Edinburgh you will find the daily service continues north to Inverness in addition to that running to Glasgow Central.
Travellers taking LNER to Aberdeen would have to travel as far as Edinburgh and continue north with Scotrail’s replacement bus service.
LNER continues to operate one through service to Hull, otherwise be prepared to change at Doncaster.
Both open access operators on the East Coast Mainline – Grand Central and Hull Trains – have already suspended services during lockdown.
LNER recommends travellers check schedules in advance. It also makes reservations and face coverings mandatory.