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We represent authorities from London to Aberdeen and Inverness

We’re a cross-party group of Councils, Combined Authorities and Regional Transport Partnerships along the area served by the East Coast Main Line, working to secure economic growth and prosperity.

We’re calling for improved connectivity by rail in an area that covers from northern Scotland to London, for passengers and freight.

Our members are already investing significantly to help maintain the £300 billion that the areas on the East Coast Main Line contribute to the country; a figure that doubles when London’s output is included.


We’ve got a vital role to play representing communities served by the East Coast Main Line in the important discussions to be taken over coming years about strategic rail connectivity.

We work with the private sector to deliver regeneration and programmes to improve the efficiency of the East Coast Main Line and the experience of those using it.

Examples of regeneration work ongoing along the East Coast corridor include:

  • The £1 billion transformation of Dundee Waterfront including the new Victoria & Albert Museum of Design
  • The £200 million Stephenson Quarter mixed use development adjacent to Newcastle station
  • The £400 million iPort strategic road rail freight terminal at Doncaster
  • York Central, a major Enterprise and Housing Zone.  The zone will deliver quality space for business (over 1 million sq. ft.), 2,000 new homes and an upgraded National Railway Museum
  • A £1 billion regeneration of central Stevenage that involves major redevelopment including replacing the outdated Stevenage station, which 4 million people use annually, removing a major dual carriageway and shifting the town centre to focus on the station

We’re working with central Government, the rail industry and businesses to continue delivering the investment needed to enable economic growth along the entire line.


We’ve produced a booklet that outlines our commitment to the East Coast Main Line, it’s called Keeping the Economy on Track, please click the link to download a copy.