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United front for East Coast rail franchise
8:16am Tuesday 16th October 2012 in News
COUNCIL bosses from towns and cities along the East Coast main line have met in York in a bid to have a greater say in the future of its franchise.
The meeting was called for and chaired by City of York Council leader James Alexander as the Department for Transport announced the franchise process would not be put on hold amid the fiasco surrounding the West Coast main line.
He said councils along the East Coast route should present a “strong position” to the Government and call for improvements in the line’s infrastructure, with representatives attending from local authorities as far south as Stevenage and as far north as East Lothian in Scotland as well as from Leeds.
The group agreed to draw up a memorandum of understanding which will see them work together to put forward a “collective position” over the route and ask for fuller involvement in the franchise process.