Rail – Seat Reservations Required – May 2020

Advice for Travellers Using LNER and Avanti West Coast Services from Monday 18 May 2020:

Avanti West Coast

From Monday 18 May 2020, Avanti West Coast is strongly recommending that all passengers who are booking tickets on their services should also make a seat reservation on the train(s) of their choice even if a flexible fare type is being selected. For more information, please contact your MIDAS consultant.


It will be mandatory to have a seat reservation on your train of choice to be able to travel.

Travellers booking a flexible fare type through Evolvi should make a seat reservation on the service they intend to travel on. Advance fares enforce a seat reservation automatically. Although coupons will print with seat reservation details, travellers should ignore these details as they will not currently be correct, board the train and choose a seat once on-board observing social distancing. To do this LNER advise:-

  • Use window seats
  • One person to a row
  • Use alternate sides of the train
  • Avoid facing passengers
  • Wear face covering

If travellers already have a ticket with LNER but do not have a seat reservation, or if they wish to change a seat reservation, then they are advised to do this by contacting your MIDAS consultant.