East Coast will operate an additional direct service to London for Leeds Rhinos fans to watch their team take part in the Carnegie Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, 27 August.
The Rhinos will face Wigan Warriors at the famous London stadium, which will be the first time the two teams have met in a final since 1995.
The extra train will depart from Leeds at 08.45 on 27 August, calling at Wakefield Westgate (08.57) and will then run non-stop to London King’s Cross, arriving at 11.24.
The additional return service will depart from London King’s Cross at 19.03, calling at Wakefield Westgate (21.02) and arriving into Leeds at 21.27.
The extra service for rugby fans is in addition to the four new train services that were introduced as part of the launch of the new East Coast timetable on 22nd May, and ‘compliments the broadly hourly’ frequency of services East Coast operates between Leeds and London on Saturdays.
East Coast Head of Marketing Rob Payne said:
“We are delighted to run this additional train service so that many fans from Yorkshire will be able to travel to see Leeds Rhinos play in the final, which promises to be a really tough and exciting game for one of region’s most successful rugby league teams.
“Tickets for the additional train service are now on sale, so we are urging all fans to book as quickly as possible to avoid disappointment as we’re expecting this service to be very popular.”