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NewRail supports ECMA at Westminster

Lobbying for investment in the East Coast Main Line

NewRail was proud to support the East Coast Main Line Authorities’ Parliamentary Event, at the House of Commons, Westminster, on 29th November 2016.  The ECML is one of the UK's most strategic rail routes and improved rail links between the North East and London will bring important benefits, which is why the North East Combined Authority, the North East Chamber of Commerce, North East Councillors and Newcastle University (NewRail) were all 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 English Parliament (MPs), Councillors, Industry representatives such as Virgin Trains, Chambers of Commerce and other bodies.
You can read more about the event here:


ECMA Infographic


published on: 5 December 2016