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NewRail supports ECMA at the Scottish Parliament

Lobbying for investment in the East Coast Main Line

NewRail was proud to support the East Coast Main Line Authorities’ Parliamentary Event, at the Scottish Parliament, Holyrood, on the 1st November 2016. Scotland has always been an important destination for people living in North East England.  The North East Combined Authority area has daily direct train links with all of Scotland’s principal cities – for example over 70 trains run daily between Newcastle and Edinburgh Waverley, with an average journey time of around 1.5 hours.  Improved rail links between the North East and Scotland will bring important benefits for both polities and that is why the North East Combined Authority, the North East Chamber of Commerce and NewRail were very pleased to be invited and given the opportunity to explain how East Coast Main Line (ECML) has helped the North East of England grow and why the line should receive further investment.
We fully support the work of the Consortium of East Coast Main Line Authorities (ECMA) to secure investment, improve the passenger experience, increase capacity and reliability and shorten journey times on the East Coast Main Line.

Investing in the line will:
1.    Generate a £9billion economic boost
2.    Maximise the potential benefits that HS2 East can bring to the whole route
3.    Mean more destinations with faster, more reliable and more frequent trains
The ECML is not just about passengers; there is also considerable need for continued improvement in freight connectivity, such as more line capacity at key locations, to harness the economic potential of all the regions along the line.  Rail connectivity to key ports must also be tackled for all our benefit.
NewRail’s Tom and Ann Zunder represented the research centre with a stand and networked with many Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs), Scottish and English councillors, as well as Chambers of Commerce and other bodies.
You can read more about the event here:


ECMA Infographic


published on: 3 November 2016