London to Harrogate train returns after 20 years

A brass band and champagne reception will welcome the first direct train from London to Harrogate in 20 years.

An existing morning service operates from London to the North Yorkshire town, but there had been no return service.

Following feedback from customers, East Coast Trains made the decision to introduce the new service.

The first train will arrive at 2028 on Monday and will be marked with a civic reception at the railway station.

Harrogate Chamber of Commerce campaigned for the route to assist with the area's economy.

President Simon Cotton said: "It has been proven that people don't like changing trains and this means people will feel more comfortable travelling to Harrogate.

"It says something about the economy that the service has been introduced."

East Coast Chairman Elaine Holt said: "We have listened to some very persuasive arguments for the economic and social benefits that an inter-city daily return service between Harrogate and London could bring to the town."

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