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|Franchise(s):||InterCity East Coast|
9 December 2007 – 31 March 2015
|Main region(s):||East Midlands, Yorkshire,|
North East England, Central Scotland, Northern Scotland
|Fleet size:||31 Class 91 electric locomotives|
30 InterCity 225 sets
|Stations called at:||53|
|National Rail abbreviation:||GR|
|Parent company:||National Express Group|
Template:NXEC route National Express East Coast is the name under which the train operating company NXEC Trains Ltd operates the InterCity East Coast rail franchise, which includes services in England and Scotland. NXEC Trains Ltd is a subsidiary of National Express Group. 
In off-peak times, there are three or four trains per hour to and from Kings Cross. The following details apply to weekday operations.
A half-hourly service between Kings Cross and Newcastle operates for most of the day, departing from London on the hour and on the half hour. The ‘top of the hour’ departures continue through to Edinburgh (with the 10:00 keeping the traditional name Flying Scotsman), with some running on to either Glasgow Central, Aberdeen or Inverness. These trains generally run as limited-stop expresses between London and Newcastle: all trains call at York, and most at Peterborough and Darlington, though afternoon and evening departures from Kings Cross run non-stop to Doncaster and/or York. The trains leaving Kings Cross on the half hour generally terminate at Newcastle and serve other intermediate stations such as Grantham, Newark, Retford, Doncaster and Durham as well as Peterborough, York, and Darlington.
The service between Kings Cross and Leeds is generally half-hourly, with trains serving most main intermediate stations.
National Express East Coast operate ten trains per day between Kings Cross and Glasgow. With the upgrade of the West Coast Main Line between London Euston and Glasgow to 125mph now complete, National Express East Coast can't compete with Virgin Trains on this route when it comes to journey times (still 5hrs 30mins compared to the new 4hrs 25min time on the WCML), but they do provide a useful link from Glasgow to Newcastle and York and a secondary route for use when the WCML is closed for engineering work.
There are three trains per day each way between Kings Cross and Aberdeen, the journey time being just over seven hours. There is also one service per day arriving at Aberdeen from Leeds. These services are operated by HST sets, as the line between Edinburgh and Aberdeen is not electrified.
A daily service operates between Kings Cross and Inverness, called the Highland Chieftain, a journey taking just over eight hours. This route is operated with diesel HSTs, as the line north of Edinburgh is not electrified.
National Express East Coast run the Hull Executive between Hull and Kings Cross, with one morning journey to London and one evening journey to Hull. Since the branch to Hull is not electrified, this route too is operated using diesel HST sets. Hull Trains run additional direct services between Hull and London.
There are two trains per day between Kings Cross and Bradford Forster Square. These are extensions of the Kings Cross–Leeds services and usually utilise the ‘Mallard’ electric sets.
There is a morning train from Skipton and Keighley to Kings Cross with an early evening return. As is the case with the Bradford trains, this is an extension to the Leeds–London service. Though the line to Skipton is electrified throughout, the National Express East Coast service to/from the town is operated using a diesel HST because the electrical infrastructure on the Leeds to Skipton line is insufficient to support a Class 91 locomotive.
There is a Monday-Saturday morning HST departure from Harrogate to Kings Cross. However, there is no return journey so passengers are required to change at Leeds or York on to Northern Rail services to Harrogate.
The Saturday running of this service is the week's only National Express East Coast southbound service from Leeds not to call at Wakefield Westgate. This service departs from Leeds and heads along the Selby line to join the East Coast Main Line at Hambleton.
The initial performance figures for December (end of third quarter of 2007/8) put National Express at a PPM of 86% for the East Coast route. This figure is just above that of Virgin West Coast which also operates Anglo-Scottish services.
Rolling stock Edit
The new franchise inherited the rolling stock operated by GNER, which encompasses Class 43 diesel locomotives and Mark 3 coaching stock (InterCity 125), and Class 91 electric locomotives and Mark 4 Mallard coaches (InterCity 225). The InterCity 125 rolling stock is currently undergoing an upgrade to Mallard standard. In addition, the Class 43 locomotives are being re-engined as part of a life-extension upgrade. In line with the additional services in 2010, National Express East Coast will hire four rakes of refurbished locomotive hauled Mark 3 coach sets which according to the Department for Transport will be hauled by Class 90 electric locomotives hired from EWS. However, as part of the new franchise agreement, the franchise holder will be required to take part in the Intercity Express Programme, which will see a new high-speed train replace both the 125 and 225 units.
National Express East Coast offers free Wi-Fi to passengers in both first and standard class.
|Class||Image||Type||Top speed||Number||Routes operated||Built|
|Class 43 High Speed Train||100px||Diesel locomotive||125||200||14||London Kings Cross-Aberdeen
London Kings Cross-Inverness
London Kings Cross-Hull
London Kings Cross-Leeds
London Kings Cross-Glasgow Central
London Kings Cross-Edinburgh
London Kings Cross-Newcastle
London Kings Cross-Skipton
Harrogate-London Kings Cross
|1976 – 1982|
|Class 91||100px||Electric locomotive||140||225||31||London Kings Cross-Leeds
London Kings Cross-Edinburgh
London Kings Cross-Glasgow Central
London Kings Cross-Bradford Forster Square
|1988 – 1991|
|Mark 3 coach||100px||Passenger carriage||125||200||56||East Coast Main Line||1975 – 1988|
|Mark 4 coach||100px||Passenger carriage||140||225||302||East Coast Main Line||1989 – 1991|
|100px||Driving Van Trailer||140||225||31||East Coast Main Line||1988|
|Class||Image||Type||Top speed||Number||Routes operated||Built||Introduction|
|Class 90||100px||Electric locomotive||110||177||4 (planned)||London Kings Cross-Leeds||1987 – 1990||2010|
|Mark 3 coach||100px||Driving Van Trailer||110||177||4 (planned)||London Kings Cross-Leeds||1988||2010|
|100px||Passenger carriage||125||200||32 (planned)||London Kings Cross-Leeds||1975 – 1988||2010|
- ↑ National Express Group (August 14, 2007). East Coast Franchise Press Release. Retrieved on 2007-08-14.
- ↑ London route 'will boost county'. BBC News (2007-08-15). Retrieved on 2007-08-16.
- ↑ Office of Rail Regulation - National Rail Trends, (2008), p. 24
- ↑ Template:Citation/core
- ↑ NationalExpress > WiFi. National Express. Retrieved on 2007-12-09.
- National Express East Coast official website
- Department for Transport InterCity East Coast franchise
InterCity East Coast franchise
|Operator of InterCity East Coast franchise|
2007 - present