Published on : Thursday, August 17, 2017
This Azuma train utilizes a unique technology akin to that used freely in Japanese bullet trains and therefore they would be capable of accelerating faster than the already existent services on the UK network.
Virgin seeks to cut journey duration between the UK and Scottish capitals by 22 minutes.
Also, the new fleet of trains would boost capacity from the King’s Cross by nearly 28% at peak times. The train travelled over the Scottish border around 12.45 p.m. on Wednesday and had been piped into Dunbar Station about 15 minutes later, prior to returning south.
Azuma has taken its name from the Japanese word for ‘East’, also as a tribute to the technology used and the route it would be operating on.
Humza Yousaf who is the Transport Minister of Scotland welcomed the test run.
He said that making rail an attractive transport alternative is a fantastic way to motivate more people out of their cars and opting for a healthier mode of transport.
David Horne, managing director, Virgin Trains said that the Virgin Azuma would deliver a wonderful step-change service between England and Scotland, taking regular journeys down to just four hours.