East Coast Trains news

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    Safety was managed well in Class 800 cracking crisis, finds ORR


    UK: Rail industry processes ensured that passenger safety was not compromised following the discovery of bodyshell cracks on the Hitachi-built Class 800 series trainsets in May 2021, according to a report published by the Office of Rail & Road on April 7.

  • Open access operations Hull Trains and Lumo are both ‘marginally ahead’ of  FirstGroup’s expectations
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    First Rail’s management fee operations meet expectations and open access is ahead


    UK: Performance at First Rail’s four management fee-based train operating companies is in line with expectations for the second half of the financial year, while open access operators Hull Trains and Lumo are marginally ahead of expectations, FirstGroup said in a trading update on February 25. ...

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    Lumo Managing Director steps down


    UK: Helen Wylde stepped down as Managing Director of recently launched London – Edinburgh open access operator Lumo on January 4, in order to take up a position outside the rail industry. Phil Cameron, First Rail’s Commercial Projects Director, will act as Interim Managing Director until ...

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    Ticket sales ahead of expectations as low-cost Lumo launches


    UK: FirstGroup reports that initial ticket sales at its newly launched London – Edinburgh open access operator Lumo are ahead of expectations, with weekend services proving to be particularly popular. ‘We have always said we intend to reimagine rail travel and we are glad people ...

  • FirstGroup has unveiled Lumo as the brand name for the East Coast Trains open access service between Edinburgh and London which is set launch on October 25
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    Lumo aims to be the green alternative to Edinburgh – London flights


    Having unveiled Lumo as the brand name for its Edinburgh to London open access service, FirstGroup explains to Rail Business UK how it is taking a different approach to rail travel with the aim of winning passengers from air and coach.

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    East Coast Main Line changes in planned May 2022 timetable


    UK: LNER and TransPennine Express have begun public consultation over plans to change timetables and service patterns on the East Coast Main Line from the May 2022 timetable. LNER says its proposed new timetable ‘builds on over a decade of planning and investment’ in Azuma trains ...

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    East Coast Trains Class 803 production begins


    UK: Production of the five Class 803 trainsets which FirstGroup subsidiary East Coast Trains has ordered for its future London to Edinburgh open access service is underway at Hitachi Rail’s Newton Aycliffe factory.

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    Edinburgh – London open access service takes shape


    UK: With the first of five Hitachi-built trainsets delivered to the UK for fitting out, FirstGroup has appointed the leadership team for its low-cost open access service between Edinburgh and London, which is scheduled to start running from October 2021. Helen Wylde has been appointed as Managing ...

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    East Coast Trains open access recruitment underway


    UK: FirstGroup subsidiary East Coast Trains Ltd is recruiting a management team for the launch of its planned London – Edinburgh open access services by May 2021. Appointments are expected to be announced early next year, Steve Montgomery, Managing Director of FirstGroup’s First Rail division, told Rail ...

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    Trains ordered for 2021 launch of ‘high-quality, low fare’ London – Edinburgh service


    UK: FirstGroup has finalised an order for five Hitachi AT300 electric trainsets which it will use to launch a London – Edinburgh open access service in autumn 2021. The £100m deal completed on March 20 is being financed by Beacon Rail Leasing and includes 10 years of maintenance by ...

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    VTEC and FirstGroup granted East Coast Main Line access


    UK: The Office of Rail & Road announced on May 12 that it had approved applications from Virgin Trains East Coast and FirstGroup for the operation of new passenger services on the East Coast Main Line, but had not approved those from Alliance Rail’s Great North Eastern Railway Company Ltd. ...

  • FirstGroup already operates open access services on the East Coast Main Line through its First Hull Trains business.

    FirstGroup targets airlines with London – Edinburgh open access proposal


    UK: FirstGroup has applied to the Office of Rail Regulation for track access rights which would enable it to launch an open access passenger service between London King’s Cross, Stevenage, Newcastle, Morpeth and Edinburgh from 2018. The service of five return trains/day with journey times of 4 h to ...