LNER (Formerly Virgin Trains East Coast & East Coast)
VTEC January seat sale is on now - ends on Friday.
https://www.virgintrainseastcoast.com/sale

I've had a good look around, and there's some decent fares available. York for under a fiver each way. I picked up £7.85 each way to Leeds.
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http://www.rmt.org.uk/news/delivery-plan...city31317/

Concern over new on-board roles.
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Virgin Trains East Coast workers will hold 48 hour strike from 28 April

http://www.cityam.com/262906/virgin-trai...-strike-28
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The RMT union says a 48-hour strike on Virgin Trains East Coast on Friday and Saturday has been suspended following progress in talks
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(24/04/2017, 18:44)citaro5284 Wrote: The RMT union says a 48-hour strike on Virgin Trains East Coast on Friday and Saturday has been suspended following progress in talks


Thank god for that, I was dreading going Edinburgh on Saturday while the strike was on.
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It wouldn't have affected your journey, anyway. They were planning to run a full timetable.
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Booked train tickets to Gatwick for my trip to Jamaica, annoyingly Thameslink is down on 28th with it being Bank Holiday weekend so I have to go from Kings Cross to Victoria and then GatEx to Gatwick. An expensive £177
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Has anyone done the 2000 KGX - SUN service? How do the logistics work in Sunderland? I'm giving it a go in a few weeks' time.
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744, 77W, E145, E190, E170, E175, E195, A319, A320, A321, A330, A340-600 763, 733, 737, 738, CRJ900, CRJ1000
Favourite aircraft: G-STBL
Favourite bus: Go North East 8267

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(07/05/2017, 21:05)8222 Wrote: Has anyone done the 2000 KGX - SUN service? How do the logistics work in Sunderland? I'm giving it a go in a few weeks' time.

Runs as normal to Newcastle (usually Plat 4) where it then goes to Sunderland before changing ends and heading to Heaton.
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https://twitter.com/Virgin_TrainsEC/stat...9816967168

One to watch?
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VTEC launched their TrainMapper today.
It has been building up behind the scenes, with version 1 going live to customers today.
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VTEC have announced to RAIL Magazine that they will Launch their IEP trains during December an exact date is not confirmed as of yet http://www.railmagazine.com/news/network...for-azumas


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m - Cool 
http://otp.investis.com/generic/regulato...sid=953647


Stagecoach statement following the announcement of Chris Graylings plans
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VTEC to operate for 'just a few more months

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42945709
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(05/02/2018, 22:00)Andreos1 Wrote: VTEC to operate for 'just a few more months

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42945709

Stagecoach could take over the franchise in full,which would bea disgrace.virgin have been handed an extension to the west coast franchise, without any tendering.chris Grayling is a dammed disgrace,and it the uk tax payers who will be footing the bill.
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(05/02/2018, 23:21)Northern4555 Wrote: Stagecoach could take over the franchise in full,which would bea disgrace.virgin have been handed an extension to the west coast franchise, without any tendering.chris Grayling is a dammed disgrace,and it the uk tax payers who will be footing the bill.

The ECML basically is fully operated by Stagecoach, Virgin hold a token 10% stake which is essentially for branding purposes. After the GNER and NX fiasco this shouldn't still be happening, Stagecoach overbid for the franchise and they should have to see out their obligations and face the consequences.
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Looks like the Azuma has visited Sunderland:

https://twitter.com/Virgin_TrainsEC

(18/04/2018, 21:48)8222 Wrote: Looks like the Azuma has visited Sunderland:

https://twitter.com/Virgin_TrainsEC

Sorry - https://twitter.com/Virgin_TrainsEC/stat...0806766592

(18/04/2018, 21:48)8222 Wrote: Looks like the Azuma has visited Sunderland:

https://twitter.com/Virgin_TrainsEC

Sorry - https://twitter.com/Virgin_TrainsEC/stat...0806766592
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744, 77W, E145, E190, E170, E175, E195, A319, A320, A321, A330, A340-600 763, 733, 737, 738, CRJ900, CRJ1000
Favourite aircraft: G-STBL
Favourite bus: Go North East 8267

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VTEC cease operations on the 24th June.
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LNER to run East Coast Mainline services from London to Yorkshire, the North East and Scotland.
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/lner-...d-scotland
http://www.lnerailway.co.uk/
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(16/05/2018, 15:14)omnicity4659 Wrote: LNER to run East Coast Mainline services from London to Yorkshire, the North East and Scotland.
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/lner-...d-scotland
http://www.lnerailway.co.uk/

Interesting to see private organisations involved in the running of LNER.
Arup (see involvement with Carillion) and French Canadian firm SNC Lavalin (see involvement with Gadaffi) amongst others.
The group will be led by Arup and will work under Government control.
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