London North Eastern Railway

London North Eastern Railway
LNER Logo.svg
43312 at Leeds in LNER livery.jpg
InterCity 125 at Leeds in 2018
Overview
Franchise(s)InterCity East Coast
24 June 2018 – present
Main region(s)Greater London
East of England
East Midlands
Yorkshire and the Humber
North East England
Scotland
Fleet size14 InterCity 125 sets
30 InterCity 225 sets
Stations called at53
Stations operated12
National Rail abbreviationGR
Parent companyHM Government (www.lner.co.uk
London North Eastern
Railway routes
Inverness
Carrbridge
Aviemore
Kingussie
Newtonmore
Blair Atholl
Pitlochry
Dunkeld
Perth
Gleneagles
Dunblane
Stirling
Falkirk Grahamston
Aberdeen
Stonehaven
Montrose
Arbroath
Dundee
Leuchars
Kirkcaldy
Inverkeithing
Glasgow Central Glasgow Subway
Motherwell
Haymarket Edinburgh Trams
Edinburgh Waverley Edinburgh Trams
Dunbar
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Alnmouth
Morpeth
Sunderland Tyne and Wear Metro
Newcastle Tyne and Wear Metro
Durham
Darlington
Northallerton
York
Leeds
Keighley
Bradford
Shipley
Harrogate
Horsforth
Leeds
Wakefield Westgate
Hull
Brough
Selby
Doncaster
Retford
Lincoln Central
Newark North Gate
Grantham
Peterborough
Stevenage
London King's Cross London Underground

London North Eastern Railway[1] (LNER) is a British train operating company that operates the InterCity East Coast franchise. LNER operates long-distance inter-city services on the East Coast Main Line, which runs from London Kings Cross to North East England and Scotland. It manages 11 stations and its trains call at 53.

The company is owned by the Department for Transport (DfT). LNER took over the InterCity East Coast franchise in June 2018, after the previous privately owned operator Virgin Trains East Coast returned it to the government following sustained financial difficulties. The DfT intend for the company to provide services until a new public-private partnership can be established in 2020.

History

In November 2017, the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, announced the early termination of the InterCity East Coast franchise in 2020, three years ahead of schedule, following losses on the route by operator Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC), who had been due to pay more than £2 billion in franchise premiums to the government over the last four years of its contract.[2][3]

LNER got the company name from one of the big 4 railway companies London and North Eastern Railway what operated between 1923 - 1948 what was the 2nd larges of the big 4. They hold the record of first train to go 100mph Flying scotman and the fastest steam engine LNER Class A4 4468 Mallard.

This was brought forward in February 2018 to mid-2018. The Department for Transport (DfT) decided to either negotiate a deal with VTEC to continue to run the franchise on a temporary non-profit basis while a new franchise competition was conducted, or to arrange for VTEC be taken over by the DfT's operator of last resort.[4][5][6] On 16 May 2018 it was announced that the latter had been decided and that LNER would take over from VTEC on 24 June 2018.[7][8] The DfT also announced that LNER would be the long-term brand applied to the InterCity East Coast franchise.[9] As part of the overall strategy for the East Coast franchise, the Secretary of State for Transport stated that Great Northern services could potentially be integrated into the operation when the Thameslink Southern & Great Northern franchise expires in 2021.[10]

LNER is the second time that a government appointed operator of last resort has taken control of the InterCity East Coast franchise; between 2009 and 2015 the franchise was operated by East Coast following National Express East Coast defaulting.[11][12]

Services

LNER has taken over the following services from VTEC:

Leeds & West Yorkshire
Route tph Calling at Peak-time extensions
London King's Cross to Leeds 1 Peterborough, Doncaster and Wakefield Westgate 1tpd to Skipton via Keighley
1tpd to Bradford Forster Square via Shipley
1tpd to Harrogate via Horsforth
1 Stevenage, Grantham, Doncaster and Wakefield Westgate
Hull & East Yorkshire
Route tph Calling at Peak-time extensions
London King's Cross to Newark North Gate (and York) 1 Stevenage, Peterborough and Grantham
1tp2h extended to York calling at Retford and Doncaster
1tpd to Lincoln
1tpd to Hull
North East & Scotland
Route tph Calling at Peak-time extensions
London King's Cross to Edinburgh Waverley 1 York, Darlington, Newcastle, Berwick-upon-Tweed 1tpd to Inverness
1tpd to Stirling
4tpd to Aberdeen (3 from London King's Cross, 1 from Leeds)
1 Peterborough, Newark North Gate, Doncaster, York, Northallerton (1tp2h), Darlington, Durham, Newcastle, Alnmouth (1tp2h)
Northallerton and Alnmouth are usually served by alternate trains
1tpd to Glasgow Central
1tpd to Sunderland

Future destinations include a proposed service to Middlesbrough, though the Rail Minister, Jo Johnson, told Parliament that it was dependent on the Azuma's being brought into service on the ECML and other schemes in progress that would provide sufficient capacity to enable the service to run.[13] An additional constraint is the lack of a suitably long enough platform at Middlesbrough, which would necessitate a new build at an estimated cost of £20 million.[14]

Named trains

London North Eastern Railway operates a number of named passenger trains:

Name Origin Destination Other details
Flying Scotsman Edinburgh Waverley London King's Cross Service began 1862 in both directions; named by LNER in 1924. Now Edinburgh to London only.
Highland Chieftain London King's Cross Inverness The longest LNER route
Northern Lights London King's Cross Aberdeen
West Riding Limited Bradford Forster Square London King's Cross Operates from Bradford to London only.