The trains for the Queen’s funeral left EMPTY

Early trains bound for London for the Queen’s funeral were virtually empty, although it was initially expected that additional transport and other measures would be required.

Railway companies including LNER, Northern, Hull Trains, Cross Country and Transpennine Express all added additional timetabled trains on Monday (September 19) to allow people to travel to pay their last respects to Britain’s longest-serving monarch.

Night trains have also been added to the timetable to give passengers a return journey home – but judging by evidence this morning, that move may not have fully worked.

Northern Echo reporter Daniel Hordon left Newcastle train station this morning where he expressed shock and surprise at the lack of travellers, with many apparently choosing Sunday (18 September) as their preferred day to travel to travel to the capital.

Arriving at Newcastle station at 4am, he was greeted with an empty station building, empty carriages and the realization that more people were returning from a night than traveling to London for the Queen’s funeral.

He said: “It’s quiet here so far, 40 minutes until the first train to London leaves,” before adding: “I’m shocked at how quiet this train is. More people return home from nights than to London. Possible mourners who wanted to brave the onslaught are already in the capital.”

Although he didn’t see many people at all at the beginning of his journey, he spoke to passenger Melanie 57, who said, “Even though we don’t see the procession, I just feel like I should be there,” she tells me. ”

In contrast, the number of passengers departing from Durham station on Sunday (September 18) was high, with mourners choosing to travel the previous day. The trains for the Queen’s funeral left EMPTY

Fry Electronics Team

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