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You may remember we reported on this budget train service some weeks ago.
Well the first train departed from Kings Cross today.
Lumo is fully booked for the weeks ahead.
One of Lumo’s aims to be attract travellers from low-cost airlines.
As you can see from this tweet once inside the carriage it’s as crowded as boarding a budget airline.
It’s even more chaotic than boarding an EasyJet.
Luggage racks aren’t looming. pic.twitter.com/bjADdM32P1
— BusAndTrainUser (@BusAndTrainUser) October 25, 202125 Oct 2021
Latest: Apparently there was a reservations error. Some passengers left behind. Appears they were looked after by incumbent LNER.
New East Coast main line train from @LumoTravel set for on-time arrival at Edinburgh Waverley at 3.17pm.
The passengers left behind on platform 10 at London King's Cross are scheduled to arrive in the Scottish capital five minutes later, courtesy of @LNER https://t.co/mg29Yv2OHh
— Simon Calder (@SimonCalder) October 25, 202125 Oct 2021
Thanks, Alex, interesting development.
I went to the Lumo website and chose a number of random dates in the lat winter/ early spring. On most of the dates, LNER were no more expensive than Lumo and, in some instances, about half the Lumo price. Will folk really buy into what they are offering – far fewer trains and more expensive?25 Oct 2021
Read with interest Simon Calder’s race with his colleague — His colleague caught the Lumo train whilst the bold Simon tried to get to Edinburgh before him …
His route —–Kings Cross to Luton . then Easyjet to Glasgow, then taxi and train to Edinburgh . Apparently it was a nice day and he got off the Glasgow -Edinburgh train at Haymarket and walked to the Waverly just as his colleague arrived from London
IMO until they get a proper fast train on the cross border routes it will be hard for the train to beat the plane. especially if you’re strategic in picking you’re SE airport26 Oct 2021
Quite agree canucklad.
And that race would have been different had Simon started from LCY rather than LTN.
Simon did explain that the airport choice was because each departed at a different time.
But some are saying the race was rigged … in other words almost timed so that both rail and air reached Waverly at the same time.
Yes Lumo is fine for budget travellers heading city-centre to city-centre both as we all know London has several airports and not everyone lives or works near a downtown station.
Lumo says its aim is not to compete with LNER but rather to compete with air.
Whether you believe that is a moot point.
But I liken it to ‘airline speak.’
When a fifth-freedom carrier is granted traffic rights to compete with the incumbent it says likewise.
— Rail Business UK (@RailBusinessUK) October 21, 202126 Oct 2021