As you may recall last month we reported the governments decision to make changes to the current East Coast rail franchise. It has now been confirmed that London North Eastern Railway, or LNER as you’ll come to know it, is to be the new operator for the East Coast line from Sunday 24 June. A new operator but pretty much everything else stays the same. The same trains will be operating to the same timetable, so there will be no impact to services as a result of this transition to LNER. All pre-purchased Virgin Trains East Coast tickets will continue to be accepted by LNER for the dates indicated on the ticket. You do not need to change your travel plans.
The LNER team will continue to develop the East Coast rail services, building on Virgin Trains East Coast’s successes. Their commitment includes delivery of ongoing timetable improvements and launching the new Azuma trains that will revolutionise East Coast rail travel. LNER look forward to welcoming you on-board LNER trains from Sunday 24 June!