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Back in the days of British Rail a four hour London-Edinburgh rail journey was possible in both directions.

In truth only a few trains accomplished that timing on weekdays, but since the 1990s we have seen journey times extended little by little.

Today the fastest LNER London-Edinburgh service is the 1500 out of King’s Cross which takes four hours 19 minutes. The others take anything between four hours 20 minutes and four hours 50 minutes.

Matters are better in the return direction. The only train with a four hour journey time is the 0540 out of Edinburgh Waverley – but I am sure readers will agree that’s hardly convenient for anyone coming from the other side of the Forth. Others have similar timings to northbound ones.

It had been hoped that four hour timings would return in 2020. But The Scotsman reports that this would not now happen until 2021. According to the DfT that’s because necessary track upgrades will not have been made in time.

LNER’s Azuma trains are now taking over more and more ECML duties. In the case of Scotland they now operate to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness.

Source: BTN / The Scotsman