Validity of advance ticket on East Coast

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    robert7111a Established Member

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    A couple of months ago, I bought 3 adult advance return tickets from Kings Cross to Edinburgh (to travel in July 2015). I believe they say "East Coast". Now the new TOC is Virgin, will my tickets still be valid?
     
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    robert7111a Established Member

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    Thank you, but are you absolutely sure? I don't want to be caught out with a ticket that is from a TOC that is no longer trading (and end up with court with an invalid ticket)
     
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    In this case East Coast are still trading as Virgin Trains East Coast. Directly Operated Railways sold the company to Stagecoach/Virgin, as it wasn't a franchise. It wouldn't matter in any case.
     
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    Absolutely sure. I have a small pile of tickets for regular travel between Newcastle and Kings Cross, bought during the era of DOR a.k.a. East Coast and for use during the era of VTEC, both during the past few weeks and over the coming weeks. So do many other regular passengers.

    Their validity is entirely unnaffected by the change in administration and those inspecting tickets are not concerned with the change to the name of the operator.
     
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    The answer is yes. It is the same company, just with different owners.
     
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    reb0118 Established Member Fares Advisor

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    In fact tickets marked "EC ONLY" are still being retailed from certain TVMs at some Scottish stations. Viz. Haymarket & Dundee.

    To echo the above you will have no problems with your tickets (usual caveats apply).

    Cheers.
     
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    That's what I love about this forum. Very helpful and informative. Thanks to everyone that replied :)
     
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    I have a pile of them too! Bought before the switchover so I could earn rewards rather than Nectar.

    Now I'm just waiting for the improvements to flow in so that I can start to feel positive about this new TOC.
     
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