National Express East Coast

UK train operating company

National Express East Coast was the name under which the train operating company NXEC Trains Ltd operated the InterCity East Coast rail franchise, which includes services in England and Scotland along the East Coast Main Line. NXEC Trains Ltd was a subsidiary of National Express Group. National Express took over the franchise from the Great North Eastern Railway (GNER).

National Express East Coast
Franchise(s)InterCity East Coast
9 December 2007 – 13 November 2009 (originally 31 March 2015)
Main region(s)East Midlands, Yorkshire,
North East England, Scotland.
Other region(s)London
Fleet size31 Class 91 electric locomotives

30 InterCity 225 sets

11 InterCity 125 (HST) sets
Stations called at53
Stations operated12
National Rail abbreviationGR
Parent companyNational Express Group
A map of National Express East Coast and connecting routes

In 2009, the company obtained significant losses and decided to bail on the franchise, leaving the government to directly operate the railway under the brand East Coast,[1] and the government in turn decided to terminate National Express's other franchise National Express East Anglia 3 years early.[2][3] 6 years on, National Express only operates one franchise, from the nine in operated in 2003.[4] It remains to date only the second time an operator has defaulted on its franchise.

Preceded by
InterCity East Coast franchise
Operator of InterCity East Coast franchise
2007 - 2009
Succeeded by
East Coast (train company).

References change

  1. National Express Group (August 14, 2007). "East Coast Franchise Press Release". Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-08-14.
  2. "National Express loses East Anglia rail franchise". BBC News. 26 November 2009.
  3. Millward, David (26 November 2009). "National Express loses East Anglia franchise three years early". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-01-13. Retrieved 2015-11-01.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)