Train services London-Harrogate each way every day
The East Coast
timetable includes a direct service between Harrogate and London Kings
Cross providing the following trains SEVEN DAYS A WEEK. To book tickets go direct to
18 May - 13
17.33 - 20.25
08.13 - 11.36
17.35 - 20.25
17.07 - 20.09
18.05 - 21.00
for for special offers on this service for local residents in the local
In addition to the above
direct London - Harrogate trains, there are over 60 connections each way
every day between Harrogate and London Kings Cross. These connections
are usually every half hour via Leeds and every hour via York, operated by
Northern Rail. See
www.northernrail.org for the current timetables.
from recent satisfied users of the service:
Mark Lancaster, Managing
Director, Colour It In Ltd
(Past President of Harrogate Chamber)
"I was on the new train
yesterday - what a fantastic service!
me all day to do business in central London. No more waiting on York station
dreading the cattle truck to Harrogate or worse still missing it altogether
and having to get a taxi!"
John Nicholson, Head of
Business Development, Business Banking, HSBC Bank, London
"Although I haven't
been able to get the 5.35pm train quite as often as I would like, it is a
fantastic improvement. Having to change in York or Leeds on my weekly
journey back from London is undoubtedly the worst part of the trek
home...... to the real world!
I'd encourage as many people as possible to try their hardest to use it -
only by demonstrating the need will we get a more frequent service."
send us your comments, whether good or bad, we will pass them on to East
Coast Trains, who want to hear them all!
The first weekday train direct from London Kings Cross
is welcomed into Harrogate Station by the Mayor
Harrogate Chamber of Trade &
Commerce welcomed the commencement of the new East Coast direct services
between London Kings Cross and Harrogate. In addition to the existing
weekday southbound service they are now also operating Saturday and Sunday
services in both directions.
Chamber Chief Executive
Brian Dunsby said that this will be the first new rail service to Harrogate
for over 25 years and it would be welcomed not only by Harrogate business
people and local residents returning from trips to London, but even more
importantly by the thousands of business and leisure visitors coming to
Harrogate from London, from the South-East of England and from East Anglia.
The new Sunday evening southbound
service from Harrogate to London Kings Cross will attract more visitors to
spend a long weekend in Harrogate. This
service will be promoted in a variety of weekend packages in conjunction
with Harrogate’s many luxury hotels. The same service will also
be ideal for Harrogate business people and residents going down to London
either for meetings starting early on a Monday morning or for long-haul
flights departing from Heathrow or Gatwick on Monday morning.
The first direct
weekday train to arrive in Harrogate Station for more than 25 years
arrived on time from London on Monday, 23rd May and was welcomed with a Civic
Reception led by the Mayor of Harrogate. Champagne and canapés were
served, courtesy of Cedar Court Hotel on behalf of Destination
Harrogate and white roses were given to arriving passengers by
Harrogate in Bloom, along with Yorkshire Tea and Bettys biscuits! A
new film production 'I just love Harrogate' was shown while
they waited for the train.
Over 70 people waited
on the platform to greet the train with a cheer and St Aidan's C of E
School Swing Band played the train in with celebratory music.
The picture to the
left shows Harrogate's Mayor, Les Ellington, holding the BIG TICKET
together with Karen Boswell, Managing Director of East Coast Trains.
White Yorkshire Roses from Harrogate in Bloom
for arriving passengers
Brian explained that
conversely, the new Sunday evening northbound service enables delegates
coming to Harrogate for Conferences and Trade Exhibitions to travel up on a
Sunday evening ready for an early start on the Monday morning, whereas at
present the fast connections from Kings Cross to Harrogate do not arrive
until about 10.00am, and these depend on a good connection in Leeds or
For Harrogate residents the
new weekend direct services enable people to spend a weekend in London and
return conveniently on the new Sunday evening train to Harrogate arriving
Simon Cotton, Chamber
President, added that whilst there are now frequent fast services from Kings
Cross to Leeds and York, connections to Harrogate are poor quality and often
ill-timed. Changing trains is seen as risky, inconvenient, and time
consuming - whilst the rolling stock falls significantly below most customer
expectations. Nevertheless there are about 2 million passenger journeys a
year to and from the Harrogate District Stations, confirming the local
propensity for rail travel. Simon added that to enable Harrogate
International Centre to compete with the other major Conference Towns in the
UK we really need several direct trains to and from London every day.
Brian Dunsby explained that
this new evening return train was just the first stage of the Chamber’s
campaign to achieve a direct return service between Harrogate and London
Kings Cross several times each day. The campaign group created a 25-page
bid document entitled “Why Harrogate Trains?” which had the following short,
medium and longer term objectives to provide the frequent direct trains to
and from London that Harrogate and its many visitors deserve.
to r: Karen Boswell, MD & Elaine Holt, Chair, East Coast Trains with
Andrew Jones MP and Brian Dunsby, CEO, Harrogate Chamber
Short Term 2011 - two direct
trains per day HGT-KGX every day = 1 each way (now achieved)
Medium Term 2012/13 - four
direct trains per day HGT-KGX = 2 each way
Long Term 2014/16 - a
two-hourly service HGT-KGX every day = 7 each way
Following the successful Civic Reception on 23rd May the following messages
of support were received by Harrogate Chamber:
Holt, Chair, East Coast Trains Ltd: "The team told me that it was a
fantastic reception. I think you did East Coast proud."
Don Mackenzie, Leader of
Harrogate Borough Council: "I just wanted to say how well I thought
last evening's reception of the new direct KX train went. It was a really
great occasion, as was the departure from KX witnessed by my daughters. Well
done to all concerned."
Wallace Sampson, CEO,
Harrogate Borough Council: "Can I echo Don’s comments. The reception
was well organised, which we have come to expect of you. Most important of
all it was a fitting occasion to mark the hard work that the Chamber, and
you personally, have put in to bring this new service to Harrogate."
Andrew Jones MP for
Harrogate & Knaresborough: "What a successful day! Many
congratulations. It was great to see the train leave King Cross for
Harrogate yesterday, and I have heard how well the reception celebrations
went at Harrogate Station. It has been a long journey to reach yesterday's
landmark, but it was a real watershed in the connections for our town.
Karen Boswell, Managing
Director, East Coast Trains Ltd
"I am thrilled that we
are able to offer a direct service to Harrogate from King’s Cross each
evening and it was great to be able to be part of such a historic event. The
welcome to East Coast in Harrogate on Monday evening was wonderful and
certainly something that I will remember for many years to come."
Cllr. Philip Broadbank,
Leader of Harrogate LibDem Group: "A great evening on Monday at the
Railway Station by the way - well organised and well done for all the hard
work by the Chamber and yourself. A great boost for Harrogate! Thank you
Communications Manager, East Coast Main Line Company: "Last night was
another great event and I want to give my personal thanks to you for the
work you have done and the assistance you have given me in doing my job
regarding the Harrogate service over the past few months."
Sharon Canavar, CEO,
Harrogate International Festivals: "Huge congrats Brian. So pleased
for you, and all down to your hard work."
are transcripts of the speeches made after the arrival of the train at
Cotton, President, Harrogate Chamber of Trade & Commerce:
Mister Mayor, Madam Mayor,
distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.....welcome to Harrogate!
On behalf of Harrogate
Chamber of Trade and Commerce I am delighted to have the pleasure
of welcoming our first passengers who have made this historic journey
The introduction of this new
Harrogate to Kings Cross daily return service has tonight become a
reality due to the hard work, determination and persistence of many people
and it would simply not be possible to thank them all, however you know who
you are and our thanks go out to you all. Without their commitment to this
huge project, it would not have been bought to fruition tonight.
Caroline Bayliss of Harrogate in Bloom
handing out white Yorkshire roses
This new daily return link
from Harrogate to the Capital will mean so much to Harrogate, it's
surrounding areas, local business, commuters, tourists, and importantly,
conference organisers, who have in the past moved events from Harrogate due
to poor transport links. This new service will mean that once again
Harrogate as a multi-functional destination will be back on the map as a top
destination with the transport to match the already award winning Town, its
many attractions, businesses, Hotels, Restaurants, Exhibition, Conference
and Concert facilities.
This new transport link has
the potential to inject investment into the local economy over the coming
years which with the current economic climate continuing to make business
decisions hard for us all, this new opportunity to attract new and
increased business to Harrogate will be a huge economic boost for the area
as a whole.
May I finish with two
things, firstly my thanks to East Coast Trains for their support of
Harrogate and without whom we would not have this train here tonight, and
secondly and probably most importantly, a plea for people to show their
appreciation of this, by literally 'getting on board' and supporting this
new service so we can ensure this is just the beginning of improved
transport links for our wonderful town of Harrogate.
Now, please may I ask you to
welcome the Worshipful, the Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate, Councillor
Ellington, Mayor of Harrogate:
Boswell, Managing Director, East Coast Trains:
Ladies and Gentlemen
Well... After a fantastic
journey, what a fantastic welcome to Harrogate.
We’re here tonight to mark
the launch of the new direct service from King’s Cross and also, of course,
the new Sunday service between here and London. East Coast knows just how
important the new service is to this town. To its economy - especially the
conference and exhibition trade and, of course, to tourism.
We also know how hard the
business community, the council, the media, and the hoteliers of this
beautiful North Yorkshire spa town have worked to lobby for the service.
Special thanks here must go
to Brian Dunsby, Chief Executive of the Harrogate Chamber of Trade and
Commerce. Brian has worked tirelessly to help put forward a convincing case
to introduce the return of seven day services between Harrogate and the
he’s also organised tonight’s reception…Thank you Brian.
East Coast was delighted to
respond to all of the lobbying activity that has taken place – and to taking
forward the ideas and input of local stakeholders and customers. We look
forward to continuing this excellent dialogue.
Of course, the improvements
to the Harrogate services are part of a new timetable which will bring many
more improvements to the East Coast route. These include 19 new services
each weekday and 3 million extra seats per year. Network Rail has worked hard
to deliver the timetable on behalf of the rail industry and we’re both
working hard in partnership to deliver services day in day out on the 936
mile East Coast route.
So I’m really pleased this evening to introduce you to Richard Lungmuss from
Richard is Network Rail’s Route Director for the London North East Route. He
wanted to travel up to Harrogate especially tonight to be here. Thanks
But it’s not only about a
new timetable…. after listening to what our passengers have told us, we’re
introducing complimentary at-seat dining in First Class and a new Quiet
Coach and great customer service is crucially important - and exactly what
we will deliver at East Coast - all of the time. It’s about ensuring our
staff are always personable - and welcoming. Indeed, our new marketing
campaign is all about “Welcoming you to East Coast”.
So, on that note, Welcome to
your new Harrogate service… and thank you once again for the reception you
have given us here this evening.
The new train service was
well reported on television, radio and newspapers - click on links below:
BBC Radio York - 23/05/11
East Coast Website