Passengers of train described as ‘the Grand Dame of luxury travel’ by Bill Nighy get trip postponed

PASSENGERS of one of the most luxurious trains in the world are disappointed by an unprecedented cancellation to the trip.

Boarders paying more than £400 to travel the train, described as ‘the Grand Dame of luxury travel’ by Love Actually actor Bill Nighy, were informed that this week’s trip has been canceled due to a rail strike.

Passengers were meant to board the steam-hauled 1930s Pullman-style Northern Belle from Newton-le-Willows this week, however, the strike that canceled the trip was called off following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

The journey over the Settle-Carlisle line costs passengers £440 and includes champagne and multiple-course meals to enjoy on route.

The Northern Belle is known as one of the world’s most luxurious trains

A spokesperson for the Northern Belle said: “Unfortunately it was then too late to rearrange the journey, so we have decided to postpone it until October 1.

“We know some passengers will be disappointed – especially as we had at least one planning to celebrate their 80th birthday – but hope as many as possible will be able to make the new date and we promise an unforgettable day out.

“In a way, perhaps it is for the best, for many of our passengers loved the Queen and may not have felt like celebrating ahead of her funeral.”

The luxury train will now set off on October 1 from Liverpool at 9:25am, Newton-le-Willows at 9:50am, before picking up further passengers in Preston at 10:15am.

The Northern Belle will return to Liverpool on November 5 to watch the fireworks display.

A Christmas journey will also take place on December 14 from the city.

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