Great Northern adds an extra train from King's Lynn to London on Remembrance Sunday
PUBLISHED: 14:34 29 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:04 29 October 2018
Great Northern trains are putting on an extra early service from King's Lynn on Remembrance Sunday, so veterans can attend the ceremony at London's Cenotaph.
Great Northern trains, operated by Govia Thameslink Railway, has agreed to run the train after requests of members of the Royal British Legion.
The usual Sunday train does not depart from King’s Lynn until 10:24am andd would not arrive at London’s King’s Cross until 12:09pm - too late for the service. The one-off special will depart at 7:24am.
Stuart Cheshire, Passenger Service Director for Great Northern and Thameslink, said: “We are honoured to be able to help people to mark this special day by attending the country’s premier remembrance event 100 years after the end of the First World War.”
The service will begin in King’s Lynn at 7:24am and call at Watlington, Downham Market, Littleport, Ely, Waterbeach, Cambridge North and Cambridge then run non-stop to King’s Cross, where it is scheduled to arrive at 9:09am.
Kate Green, the British Legion’s Area Manager East Anglia, said: “This Poppy Appeal, as we mark 100 years since the end of the First World War, the Royal British Legion is asking the nation to say thank you to the entire First World War generation who served, sacrificed and changed our world.
“With this in mind, we are extremely grateful to Great Northern for showing their support towards our Armed Forces and members of the Royal British Legion in this centenary year as people travel to London to pay their respects and give thanks to those from the First World War generation and beyond.”
This year, with Remembrance Sunday falling on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, a greater number of people are expected to view the ceremony. There will also be an additional event, the Nation’s Thank You procession taking place immediately after The Royal British Legion parade.