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VOLCANIC ASH TRAVEL UPDATE: EAST COAST RAILWAY PROVIDES EXTRA TRAIN SERVICES

16/04/2010

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Operator responds to extra demand for long-distance travel

Train operator East Coast will run extra train services over this weekend and from Monday to help stranded airline passengers, whose flights have been grounded by a volcanic ash cloud.

This evening (Friday 16 April) East Coast is operating the following additional services, where passengers can travel without restrictions using any East Coast ticket:

• 19.20 from London King’s Cross to Edinburgh, calling at Doncaster, York, Darlington and Newcastle;
• 19.55 from Edinburgh to London King’s Cross, calling at Newcastle, Darlington, York and Doncaster.

In addition, tonight’s 20.00 London King’s Cross to Newcastle service will run through to Edinburgh.

East Coast will also operate these additional or extended services:

Saturday, 17 April

10.40 London King’s Cross to Newcastle will run through to Edinburgh.

Sunday, 18 April

East Coast will operate the following additional services, where passengers can travel without restrictions using any East Coast ticket:

• 12.15 Edinburgh to London King’s Cross, calling at Newcastle, Darlington, York and Doncaster;
• 13.45 London King’s Cross to Edinburgh, calling at Doncaster, York, Darlington and Newcastle.

In addition, East Coast will extend some services to run through between London and Scotland. These revised services are:

• 08.00 Newcastle to Peterborough will run through to London King’s Cross, calling additionally at Stevenage;
• 08.25 Leeds to Peterborough will run through to London King’s Cross;
• 10.35 Peterborough to Edinburgh will start from London King’s Cross at 10.00;
• 10.45 Doncaster to Edinburgh will start from London King’s Cross at 09.00 and will call additionally at Stevenage, Peterborough and Grantham;
• 11.10 Peterborough to Glasgow Central will start from London King’s Cross at 10.30, calling additionally at Stevenage;
• 15.30 London King’s Cross to Newcastle will run through to Edinburgh;
• 15.50 Newcastle to London King’s Cross will start from Edinburgh at 14.20;
• 16.30 London King’s Cross to Newcastle will run through to Edinburgh.

Monday, 19 April

East Coast will operate the following additional services:
• 12.45 Edinburgh to London King’s Cross, calling at Newcastle, Darlington, York and Doncaster;
• 15.45 London King’s Cross to Edinburgh, calling at Doncaster, York, Darlington and Newcastle;
• 17.49 London King’s Cross to Newcastle, calling at Peterborough, Grantham, Newark North Gate, Doncaster, York, Darlington and Newcastle.

In addition, East Coast will extend some services to run through between London and Scotland. These revised services are:

• 07.00 Newcastle to London King’s Cross will start from Edinburgh at 05.30;
• 07.30 London King’s Cross to Newcastle will run through to Edinburgh;
• 11.30 Newcastle to London King’s Cross will start from Edinburgh at 10.00;
• 16.30 London King’s Cross to Newcastle will run through to Edinburgh;
• 18.30 London King’s Cross to Newcastle will run through to Edinburgh;
• 19.00 London King’s Cross to Newcastle will run through to Edinburgh.

Yesterday East Coast carried an additional 5,000 passengers on its trains, a ten per cent increase compared with a normal Thursday.

Customers are advised to check the latest train service information online at www.eastcoast.co.uk or by calling either National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 or East Coast’s own general enquiry line on 08457 225225.

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