Delay to East Coast Mainline Investment

Gavin Strang MP has expressed his concern about delays to investment in the East Coast Mainline. The Strategic Rail Authority has put on hold its consideration of franchise bids for the East Coast Mainline, following Railtrack’s announcement of an increase in its cost estimates for the upgrading of the line.

Speaking in Westminster today, Gavin Strang MP said:

‘This is a serious set-back.

‘The future investment in the East Coast Mainline should be good news for East Edinburgh and Musselburgh – particularly the proposed Musselburgh Parkway station. An enhanced station should be a major benefit for people travelling into Edinburgh – including the growing number of commuters on that line.

‘I am therefore very concerned at the delay in this investment.

‘The delay will hold back improvements to travel from Edinburgh and East Lothian to London, Newcastle and all points South.

‘I will be doing what I can to push things forward. I will be working with all the local authorities here – Edinburgh, East Lothian and Midlothian Councils. We will be seeking the support of the Scottish Executive.

‘We will be putting pressure on all those who are working on this – Ministers, the Strategic Rail Authority, Railtrack and the bidders for the franchise – to get progress made as quickly as possible.’