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There will be no changes to train times, fares or ticket
conditions and all existing tickets will be accepted.
'East Coast' is the trading name for the Department for
Transport's East Coast Main Line Company Ltd, which is taking over
the franchise from previous operator National Express.
"I'm pleased to see a commitment from the Department for
Transport to continue with plans to improve these services, which
are key to the ongoing development of our City Region's economy,"
said Metro Director General Kieran Preston.
"This commitment to improving the service will help to ensure
the franchise is in the best condition to be re-let on a long-term
and stable basis, which is what will deliver the best service for