East Midlands Trains run one service daily between Lincoln and London and there are no plans to increase this frequency.
National Express East Coast has secured track access rights to operate a service every two hours, and was expected to implement that service subject to resolution of outstanding timetabling issues.
The Department for Transport intends to implement this service in December 2010 subject to resolution of timetable issues and acceptability of the business plan.
Work has now started to develop proposals for the specification of the replacement franchise. This will include looking at service patterns and destinations. The draft specification will be consulted on with stakeholders, including passenger groups, parliamentarians and the Scottish Executive.