East Coast Railway Line

Department for Transport written question – answered on 15th April 2019.

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Photo of Catherine McKinnell Catherine McKinnell Labour, Newcastle upon Tyne North

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will carry out an economic assessment of the value of the East Coast Main Line to the UK economy; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Andrew Jones Andrew Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport), Vice-Chair, Conservative Party

In 2017 Network Rail published their document “East Coast Main Line Route Study – Railway Investment Choices”. In respect of an economic assessment of the East Coast Main Line as a fast, high yield route connecting London with the North and Scotland, it was stated that a third of the UK population lives within 20 minutes of an ECML station; and together they produce 41% of the UK’s GDP (Source: Office of National Statistics Gross Value Added).

A link to the Network Rail publication can be found here


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