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Rail journeys between London and Edinburgh will be transformed by more seats, more services and new trains after the government announced its intention to award the new East Coast franchise to Inter City Railways Ltd (Stagecoach and Virgin).

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Inverness

The benefits are:

  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • a station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Aviemore

The benefits are:

  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • a station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Kingussie

The benefits are:

  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • a station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Pitlochry

The benefits are:

  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • a station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Perth

The benefits are:

  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • a station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Gleneagles

The benefits are from:

  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • a station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Stirling

The benefits are:

  • one additional morning service to and from London per day from 2015
  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • a station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Falkirk Grahamston

The benefits are:

  • one additional morning service to and from London per day from 2015
  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • a station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Glasgow Central

The benefits are:

  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • a station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Motherwell

The benefits are:

  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • a station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Aberdeen

The benefits are:

  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • a station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Stoneheaven

The benefits are:

  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • a station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Montrose

The benefits are:

  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • a station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Arbroath

The benefits are:

  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • a station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Dundee

The benefits are:

  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • a station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Leuchars

The benefits are:

  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • a station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Kirkaldy

The benefits are:

  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • a station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Inverkeithing

The benefits are:

  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • a station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Haymarket

The benefits are:

  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • a station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Edinburgh

The benefits are:

  • 4 additional trains to and from London from May 2016
  • from introducing open plan ticketing making staff more visible at stations from 2018
  • regular journey times of 4 hours from 2020
  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • a station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Dunbar

The benefits are:

  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • a station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Berwick-upon-Tweed

The benefits are:

  • introducing open plan ticketing making staff more visible at stations from 2018
  • additional cycle parking spaces from July 2017
  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • a station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Alnmouth

The benefits are:

  • 2 additional services per day from London by 2020.
  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • a station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Morpeth

The benefits are:

  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • a station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Newcastle

The benefits are:

  • introducing open plan ticketing making staff more visible at stations from 2018
  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • a station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Sunderland

The benefits are:

  • a new destination for ICEC services with one train to and from London per day from December 2015 increasing to two trains per day from May 2019
  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • a station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Durham

The benefits are:

  • introducing open plan ticketing making staff more visible at stations from 2018
  • additional cycle parking spaces and new Brompton folding hire facilities from from July 2017
  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • a station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Middlesbrough

The benefits are:

  • a new destination for ICEC services with 6 trains from and 7 trains to London per day from May 2020
  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • a station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Thornaby

The benefits are:

  • a new destination for ICEC services with 6 trains from and 7 trains to London per day from May 2020
  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • a station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Darlington

The benefits are:

  • from introducing open plan ticketing making staff more visible at stations from 2018
  • additional cycle parking spaces and new secure cycle compounds from July 2017
  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • a station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Northallerton

The benefits are:

  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

York

The benefits are:

  • introducing open plan ticketing making staff more visible at stations from 2018
  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Selby

The benefits are:

  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • a station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Brough

The benefits are:

  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • a station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Hull

The benefits are:

  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • a station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Harrogate

The benefits are:

  • an additional 6 trains to and from London per day from 2019
  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Horsforth

The benefits are:

  • an additional 6 trains to and from London per day from 2019
  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Skipton

The benefits are:

  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • a station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Keighley

The benefits are:

  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • a station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Shipley

The benefits are:

  • an additional 6 trains to and from London per day from 2019
  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Bradford Forster Square

The benefits are:

  • an additional 6 trains to and from London per day from 2019
  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Leeds

The benefits are:

  • an additional 5 services to and from London per day and regular journey times of 2 hours from 2020
  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Dewsbury

The benefits are:

  • a new destination for ICEC services with 1 service to and from London per day from 2019
  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Huddersfield

The benefits are:

  • a new destination for ICEC services with 1 service to and from London per day from 2019
  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Wakefield Westgate

The benefits are:

  • introducing open plan ticketing making staff more visible at stations from 2018
  • additional cycle parking spaces from July 2017
  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Doncaster

The benefits are:

  • introducing open plan ticketing making staff more visible at stations from 2018
  • new information screens to help passengers onto the right part of the train from November 2017
  • additional cycle parking spaces, new Brompton folding cycle hire facilities and new secure cycle compounds from July 2017
  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Retford

The benefits are:

  • introducing open plan ticketing making staff more visible at stations from 2018
  • additional cycle parking spaces from July 2017
  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Newark Northgate

The benefits are:

  • introducing open plan ticketing making staff more visible at stations from 2018
  • additional cycle parking spaces from July 2017
  • installation of new station canopies by March 2017
  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Lincoln

The benefits are:

  • an additional 6 trains from and 5 trains to London from May 2019
  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Grantham

The benefits are:

  • introducing open plan ticketing making staff more visible at stations from 2018
  • additional cycle parking spaces from July 2017
  • new electric vehicle charging points
  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Peterborough

The benefits are:

  • introducing open plan ticketing making staff more visible at stations from 2018
  • new information screens to help passengers onto the right part of the train from November 2017
  • additional cycle parking spaces and new secure cycle compounds from July 2017
  • installation of new station canopies from March 2017
  • new electric vehicle charging points
  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

Stevenage

The benefits are:

  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • a station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage

London Kings Cross

The benefits are:

  • introducing open plan ticketing making staff more visible at stations from 2018
  • 23 more services departing per day from May 2020
  • new direct services to Huddersfield, Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Dewsbury and Thornaby
  • additional direct services to Lincoln, Harrogate and Bradford Forster Square
  • more frequent journey opportunities to Leeds, York, Newcastle and Edinburgh
  • upgraded train interiors introduced between 2015 and 2017
  • a station now served by new high speed IEP trains from 2020 providing:
    • more reliable services
    • more seats
    • more luggage space
    • faster journey times
    • improved wi-fi and mobile coverage
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