East Coast Rail

Be the first to travel on the brand new Azuma train. Tickets available.

We reported back in August last year how the new Azuma train shaved 22 minutes off the current journey time between London and Edinburgh in trials carried out by train manufacturer Hitachi. It was part of a testing phase to be completed prior to the roll out of the new 65-strong fleet.

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ALL CHANGE and NO CHANGE to East Coast Rail !

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.

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Does renationalisation spell the end of the line for the East Coast rail franchise?

Earlier this week reports began to circulate regarding the future of the East Coast rail franchise, with some sources claiming an announcement would be made before the weekend. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has now confirmed that the East Coast Mainline is set to be renationalised. The East coast rail franchise is run by Stagecoach who currently own 90% of the share and Virgin who own the other 10%

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