National Express East Coast - National Express East Coast Proposed Routes - D

National Express East Coast - D

National Express East Coast Proposed Routes

  • London–Lincoln

A franchise commitment was to introduce a fifth service out of King's Cross each hour, operating to Lincoln and York on alternate hours from December 2010. It was reportedly proposed for NXEC to lease four Class 90 locomotives and additional Mark 3 coaches for use on the Leeds and York services, while HSTs were intended for use on the Lincoln services.

These plans were later shelved, while five Class 180s were leased instead. It was anticipated that one early morning train would start from Cleethorpes, serving Grimsby Town and Market Rasen, with one evening service to Lincoln extended to Cleethorpes.

National Express East Coast Rolling Stock

NXEC inherited from GNER a fleet of InterCity 125 High Speed Train sets made up of Class 43 power cars and Mark 3 carriages, and InterCity 225 sets made up of Class 91 locomotives and Mark 4 carriages and Driving Van Trailers. The HSTs were part way through an overhaul program, the power cars being overhauled by Brush Traction at Loughborough and re-engined with MTU 16V4000 engines, and the carriages being refurbished by Wabtec Rail at Doncaster. This programme was completed in 2009.

NXEC offered free Wi-Fi to passengers in both first and standard class.

To operate proposed new services from 2010, five Class 180 Adelante units were leased. These were never operated in revenue-earning service with NXEC, although three were sublet to Northern Rail during October 2008.

During 2009, a HST that had been on lease while the fleet was refurbished, was returned to Porterbrook and sent to First Great Western.

National Express East Coast Fleet at End of Franchise

InterCity 125 trains (HSTs)

  • Class 43   Diesel locomotive

London King's Cross – Aberdeen
London King's Cross – Inverness
London King's Cross – Hull
London King's Cross – Skipton
London King's Cross – Harrogate
Leeds – Aberdeen

  • Mark 3 carriage   Passenger carriage


InterCity 225 Trains

  • Class 91   Electric locomotive

London King's Cross – Leeds
London King's Cross – Edinburgh
London King's Cross – Glasgow Central
London King's Cross – Bradford Forster Square
London King's Cross – Newcastle

  • Mark 4 carriage   Passenger carriage


  • Driving Van Trailer   Control car


National Express East Coast Proposed Fleet

  • Class 180 Adelante   DMU

London King's Cross – Edinburgh

National Express East Coast Overview

National Express East Coast Franchise(s): InterCity East Coast
9 December 2007 – 13 November 2009

National Express East Coast Main Region(s):
East of England
East Midlands
North East England

National Express East Coast Fleet Size:
14 InterCity 125 HST sets
31 InterCity 225 sets
5 Class 180 Adelante units (never used)

National Express East Coast Stations Called At: 53
National Express East Coast Stations Operated: 12
National Express East Coast Parent Company: National Express
National Express East Coast Reporting Mark: GR
National Express East Coast Predecessor: GNER
National Express East Coast Successor: East Coast

National Express East Coast  Route Map

Glasgow Central
Edinburgh Waverley

London King's Cross


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