Views sought on East Coast Main Line investment

The views of businesses are being sought to help strengthen the case for investment in one of the region’s most important transport links.

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Views are sought on East Coast Main Line investment

THE views of businesses are being sought to help strengthen the case for investment in one of the region’s most important transport links.

As the Government moves forward to re-franchise the East Coast Main Line, the business community from across the North East is being asked to help make the case for continued investment in a critical rail route.

Hosted by the coalition of towns and cities along the route, the event aims to make sure that Government and the rail industry have a good understanding of the economic benefits of the important route.

The event will take place this Friday from 8.30-10.30am at Newcastle Civic Centre. Speakers will be Heidi Mottram, regional CBI chairwoman; Nick Forbes, leader of Newcastle City Council; David Robinson, PD Ports; and Graham Botham, Network Rail.

North East Chamber of Commerce policy and research manager Mark Stephenson said: “This is a chance for people to influence key decision-makers. The East Coast Main Line is a vital transport link, but investment is needed to ensure it is fit for purpose.”

Confirm attendance by emailing ecmevent@newcastle.gov.uk

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