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3 July 2009
Following the announcement that the
Government will take over running East Coast main line rail
services, National Express has announced to passengers that service
to passengers 'remains unaffected'.
The statement says 'National Express
East Coast will continue to operate all its current services on the
East Coast route to current timetables.
'All existing tickets and travel
documents will continue to be valid and honoured, including advance
sales and bookings. Customers can continue to book tickets in
advance for future journeys.
'The 'escape' loyalty scheme remains
in operation at the present time. Members can continue to redeem
benefits and applications for new members remain open.'
Metro Chairman Cllr Ryk Downes said
"We are watching the emerging facts closely and see the Government
taking back control of the East Coast route from National Express
as an opportunity for the Department for Transport to think about
the purpose of this vital link and how it can be developed to
contribute to the economic growth of Leeds City Region and other
"Among the things we would like to see
emerge, and will continue pressing for are more affordable fares,
without additional charges for seat bookings, and progress on the
planned new links to Bradford and Harrogate."
"We will be keeping a close eye on the
future of this franchise."
National Express East Coast