July 20, 2017 9:06 AM ET

Road and Rail

Company Overview of East Coast Main Line Company Limited

Company Overview

East Coast Main Line Company Limited, trading as Virgin Trains East Coast, operates passenger train services on the East Coast Main Line between London King’s Cross, the East Midlands, Yorkshire, the North East of England, and Scotland. It operates trains to Inverness, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Berwick, Newcastle, Durham, York, Harrogate, Lincoln, Peterborough, Leeds, and London. The company was formerly known as Abbey Rail Limited and changed its name to East Coast Main Line Company Limited in July 2009. The company was incorporated in 2003 and is based in Plymouth, United Kingdom. East Coast Main Line Company Limited operates as a subsidiary of Directly Operated Railways Limited.


Plymouth,  PL4 6AB

United Kingdom

Founded in 2003


44 84 5722 5333

Key Executives for East Coast Main Line Company Limited

Head of Communications
Major Projects Director
Commercial and Customer Service Director
Engineering Director
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2017.

East Coast Main Line Company Limited Key Developments

Office of Rail and Road Approves the Application by Virgin Trains East Coast to Run New Services between London and Edinburgh, Harrogate, Lincoln and Middlesbrough

Stagecoach Group plc has announced the announcement by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) regarding applications to operate new rail services on the East Coast Mainline (ECML). The ORR has approved the application made by Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC), in which Stagecoach has a 90% shareholding, to run new services between London and Edinburgh, Harrogate, Lincoln and Middlesbrough. These services formed part of VTEC's successful bid for the East Coast rail franchise, which started in March 2015 and is planned to run until at least 31 March 2023. VTEC's core existing timetable has been approved from December 2017 when the current access contract expires. In addition, VTEC has been granted firm rights for service extensions to Bradford, Lincoln and Harrogate from May 2019, and for Edinburgh and Middlesbrough from May 2021. Should capacity become available sooner, VTEC's additional rights for service extensions to Edinburgh could start from May 2019.

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