VIP meeting over rail line

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Council representatives from all along the East Coast Mainline met in York this week to discuss how they can build a business case for the Department for Transport and Network Rail for further investment in the line.

Leaders of City of York Council invited authorities to meet at the National Railway Museum and Doncaster Council was represented.

The meeting saw agreement for further discussion around the franchise and investment in the development of key sites up and down the line.

The ECML Group represents 18 authorities and first met in October, to ensure that those authorities along the line join forces to present a strong position to government and call for improvements to its infrastructure, in line with increasing visitor and commercial demand.