Public consultation on proposals for a new East Coast Main Line timetable is being carried out by East Coast—the current operator of those services. I understand that consultation has already commenced and will run until the end of February. Details of the proposals and the address for responses are available on East Coast's website at:
The Invitation to Tender for the new Intercity East Coast franchise will be issued in autumn 2010.
The Department for Transport is consulting stakeholders on the specification for the new ICEC franchise. The service specification will be based on the timetable implemented in May 2011, which as currently proposed does include one service each way between Glasgow and King’s Cross.
Under the proposed May 2011 timetable, most East Coast services to/from Scotland will operate to/from Edinburgh and Cross-country services between Penzance/Plymouth and Edinburgh will be extended to/from Glasgow, providing a two-hourly through service between Glasgow, Edinburgh, stations on the East Coast Main Line as far south as York, Leeds, Sheffield, the Midlands and south-west England.
The 'pilot fleet' or Pre-Series Trains concept no longer applies.
The Department for Transport has appraised costs of East Coast Main Line depot provision. It is not appropriate to comment further as confidential commercial negotiations with Agility Trains are ongoing.