East Coast's Flying Scotsman is three today

23/05/14

Successful express service links Scottish and English capitals

East Coast’s flagship Flying Scotsman express service from Edinburgh and Newcastle to London King’s Cross marks its third birthday today (Friday 23 May 2014).

The service has carried over 160,000 passengers since its launch, growing by around 25 per cent over the last three years.

East Coast’s ‘Flying Scotsman’ departs Edinburgh Waverley at 05.40 each weekday, stopping only at Newcastle at 07.03 and arriving at London King’s Cross at 09.40.

An electric locomotive, number 91101, was named ‘Flying Scotsman’ to mark the revival of this historic service. East Coast branded the train in a unique, bold and contemporary style, using the iconic Gill Sans font which was originally introduced by the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) in the 1920s and applied to its world famous “4472” Flying Scotsman steam locomotive.

East Coast Commercial Director Peter Williams said: “The Flying Scotsman service has proved an outstanding success, particularly in Newcastle where it offers the fastest available non-stop rail journey to London at just 2 hours 37 minutes

“Passenger numbers on the service have grown well since its launch – now up by around 25 per cent compared with when we started in May 2011. Customers tell us they like the competitive journey time, and the fact it gets them into London well before 10.00.

“Combined with the wider timetable enhancements – the biggest for a generation – and complimentary First Class food and drinks service plus other improvements introduced at the same time, we delivered more seats, more services and many faster journeys for millions of passengers. East Coast’s Flying Scotsman is at the heart of that success story.”

Former world champion cyclist Graham ‘The Flying Scotsman’ Obree and a lone piper launched East Coast’s Flying Scotsman into service on 23 May 2011, while ex-world champion triple jumper Jonathan Edwards was on hand to greet its inaugural arrival at London King’s Cross, accompanied by a bagpipe band.

The express ‘Flying Scotsman’ takes a break on Bank Holiday Monday, 26 May, and will return on Tuesday, 27 May as business travel resumes following the holiday weekend.

East Coast will be operating a near normal service on all three days over the Bank Holiday, with additional services between Newcastle and Edinburgh on Bank Holiday Monday, 26 May. Details are available on the our website, or from National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950.

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