A NEW train operator plans to offer an alternative to cheap flights between Edinburgh and London with fares starting from £15.

Lumo will run on the East Coast mainline from next month and offer two services a day both ways before rolling out further trips.

Starting from October 25, the journey will take about four and a half hours, stopping at Newcastle and Morpeth on the way.

Aberdeen’s First Group is the operator behind Lumo and say they “aim to reimagine what it means to travel by rail”.

Between October 25 and December 1 every trip will cost less than £19.90 as long as it is booked at least one day before travel. Railcards will not be applied, the firm says.

Lumo managing director Helen Wylde said travelling “should not cost a fortune”, particularly in the current environmental climate.

“We are empowering people to make green travel choices that are genuinely affordable without compromising on comfort,” she explained.

First Group expects the Lumo services to carry more than one million passengers every year.