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Railways: Standards

Volume 501: debated on Wednesday 2 December 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent estimate he has made of the (a) fastest, (b) average and (c) slowest journey times between (i) London and Edinburgh, (ii) Edinburgh and Aberdeen and (iii) London and Aberdeen following the introduction of the new Intercity Express trains; and if he will provide the same information in respect of existing journey times. (301247)

[holding answer 24 November 2009]: The introduction of Super Express Trains would see a more standardised pattern of train services throughout the day, not just the occasional headline train on routes as is the case today, resulting in less variance in the fastest/slowest/average journey times.

All future journey times remain indicative until the timetable has been finalised which will be a result of the forthcoming East Coast franchise specification process.

Current journey times

Journey times

Fastest

Slowest

Average

London (Kings Cross)-Edinburgh

04:13

04:56

04:31

Edinburgh-Aberdeen

02:35

02:42

02:38

London-Aberdeen

07:07

07:12

07:08

Indicative future Super Express journey times

Journey times

Fastest

Slowest

Average

London-Edinburgh

04:06

04:32

04:12

Edinburgh-Aberdeen

02:27

02:27

02:27

London-Aberdeen

06:37

06:53

06:41