CATHERINE CALLS ON THE GOVERNMENT TO COMMIT TO INVESTING IN THE EAST COAST MAIN LINE

Newcastle North MP and Chair of the All-Party Group for the East Coast Main Line, Catherine McKinnell, today called on the Government to produce the long awaited Integrated Rail Plan for the North and Midlands.

Responding to a Statement in the House of Commons on the Future of Britain’s Railways, Catherine highlighted the importance of the East Coast Main Line to enabling major rail projects including HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail, Midlands Engine and East/West Rail.

The MP outlined that “whatever the future structure of our railways, there is an urgent need to improve the Line itself, which last saw major investment around 30 years ago and can no longer cope with the demands placed upon it”.

Catherine called on the Government to bring forward the “long-awaited Integrated Rail Plan for the North and Midlands” and to meet with her and the All-Party Group for the East Coast Main Line to “discuss how the Government can deliver on the capacity and reliability improvements this strategic line so badly needs”.

Following the exchange Catherine commented “The East Coast Main Line is in urgent need of investment and without this, we will not see the full potential of HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail.

“We’ve waited far too long. The Government must commit to funding this vital piece of national infrastructure and set out when the long-awaited Integrated Rail Plan will be brought forward”.