FirstGroup’s new open access services unveiled

FirstGroup claims promising start for Lumo

Bookings for FirstGroup’s new open access services on the East Coast Main Line are ‘above expectations’, according to First, as the first Lumo train runs between London and Edinburgh. Today’s return journey is a special preview for the media and other invited guests, with public services beginning on Monday. Fares in the single-class trains start at £14.30, and First has promised that six out of ten fares will be £30 or less. The timetable is intended to compete directly with the airlines, and trains will call at Morpeth, Newcastle and Stevenage, with up to 10 services running daily by early next year. Lumo managing director Helen Wylde said: ‘The support we have received for Lumo has been fantastic. We have always said we intend to reimagine rail travel and we are glad people are giving us a chance. Tickets are selling well beyond expectations, and we have had great feedback about our commitment to offering a different kind of rail company. However, rest assured we are not complacent and understand we must earn travellers’ trust in the Lumo promise.’