By the end of 2019, LNER will be offering a new, high-speed rail service between Inverness and London King’s Cross. When the new Azuma trains come into operation they will offer a better direct service between the two cities; providing more seats on board, more space for passengers and cheaper rates.
With visitor numbers across the Highlands growing year on year over the past decade updated services such as this is key in helping people reach their destination quicker and more efficiently. The new trains coming into operation are also hybrids meaning they are a great way to travel without the guilt of carbon emissions. LNER Managing Director, David Horne said about the trains, “They are able to switch between diesel and electric … so 75% of the journey will be on electric, helping us significantly lower our carbon emissions.” For filmmakers looking for a greener mode of transport and ways to cut the carbon footprint of their production this service will be a welcome alternative to flying.
Inverness railway station is located in the centre of the city making transfers to hotels and accommodation facilities quick and easy. As well as this, Inverness is excellently placed as a starting point to reach the rest of the Highlands. The new rail service is helping to open up the Highlands for those from further afield.