East Coast open for Easter
Through trains to operate on key Anglo-Scottish rail route.
Train operator National Express East Coast has confirmed today that its trains will run through on the East Coast Main Line route this Easter holiday weekend.
The news will be especially welcome for travellers from Edinburgh, as engineering work will disrupt services on the alternative West Coast route from Easter Saturday until Easter Monday, with many trains replaced by road transport for parts of the journey.
Today’s good news for East Coast travellers supports a call from national rail watchdog Passenger Focus for the rail industry to publicise alternative rail routes to those affected by engineering work.
National Express East Coast managing director Susan Goldsmith said: “Easter is an important time for many families to spend time together. We are delighted to be able to provide through services on the East Coast route on all four days of the holiday weekend.
“There are many exciting leisure destinations along the East Coast route from London to Edinburgh, such as the cathedral cities of York and Durham. Our trains also run close to three national parks, making coast and countryside easily accessible. And of course there’s London and Edinburgh with a host of visitor attractions offering something for everyone.
“We also offer value for money fares available for those who plan ahead and book in advance, including currently a ten per cent discount on our lowest Standard Advance fares on selected trains for those who book via our website”.
Note to editors:
Revised timetables will operate on National Express East Coast throughout the Easter weekend. Engineering work will affect services between Edinburgh and Glasgow on Easter Saturday, with alternative rail services connecting with Anglo-Scottish trains at Edinburgh Waverley. Further south, some early morning and late evening journeys will have slightly extended journey times.