National Express East Coast
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).
|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.
|Fleet size||31 Class 91 electric locomotives|
30 InterCity 225 sets
|Stations called at||53|
|National Rail abbreviation||GR|
|Parent company||National Express Group|
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, and the government in turn decided to terminate National Express's other franchise National Express East Anglia 3 years early. 6 years on, National Express only operates one franchise, from the nine in operated in 2003. It remains to date only the second time an operator has defaulted on its franchise.
InterCity East Coast franchise
| Operator of InterCity East Coast franchise
2007 - 2009
- National Express Group (August 14, 2007). "East Coast Franchise Press Release". Retrieved 2007-08-14. Check date values in:
- "National Express loses East Anglia rail franchise". BBC News. 26 November 2009.
- Millward, David (26 November 2009). "National Express loses East Anglia franchise three years early". The Daily Telegraph. London.