Business leaders have welcomed the announcement of a new 05.07 departure from Doncaster which will arrive into the capital at 07.00 on Mondays to Fridays.
Virgin Trains has created the early arrival to support demand from the business community in South Yorkshire.
It will introduce a total of 19 additional services per week between Doncaster and London, and ten extra services at weekends from Leeds and Wakefield to or from the capital when its timetable changes on 12 December.
It will also add a weekday late departure from London to Doncaster and York at 22.57, which it hopes will appeal to business and leisure travellers, including theatre goers.
Dan Fell, CEO of Doncaster Chamber of Commerce, said: “This is good news for Doncaster to help further connect businesses in the North and South.
“Doncaster is renowned for its excellent rail connections and indeed whilst these additional rail services mean that business people can arrive in London for earlier breakfast appointments, it also means that more southern-based firms can leave London more frequently to do business in the North.”
David Horne, Managing Director for Virgin Trains on its east coast route, said: “This is a great boost to our customers travelling along the east coast and especially to and from Doncaster and London.
“Having invested heavily into the customer experience, upgrading our train interiors and launching a new on board streaming service, the journeys will fly by.”
These changes to the timetable come as Virgin Trains nears completion of a total overhaul of its trains ahead of the introduction of the state-of-the-art fleet of new Azuma trains in 2018, which will transform journeys on the east coast route.
Virgin Trains is investing £140m into its east coast route as part of its commitment to the eight year franchise. It has already invested £20m in refurbished carriages and provided a Netflix-style steaming service as part of its customer service improvements.