Council welcomes news of more rail services

Northumberland County Council has welcomed news of increased rail services between London and Edinburgh.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 18 May, 2016, 10:19
A Virgin Train makes its way over the Royal Border Bridge on the east coast main line, south of Berwick station

FirstGroup have revealed plans to run a new low fare, high quality rail service between London, north-east England and Edinburgh.

Operating on the East Coast Main Line, the new service is aimed at giving passengers a new travel choice and boosting economic growth. Their plan is to begin operating five trains a day each way from London King’s Cross to Edinburgh, stopping at Stevenage, Newcastle and Morpeth, by 2021.

Meanwhile Virgin Trains this week announced 42 additional London-Edinburgh services every week, adding 22,000 seats in near half-hourly service

The new timetable gets underway today as part of Virgin Trains’ £140m investment programme in the east coast route and mean there is a near half-hourly service between the capitals.

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Councillor Allan Hepple, the council’s Cabinet member for Economic Growth, said: “The news of increased rail services through our region is a welcome announcement for businesses, residents and visitors.

“As the council works to boost economic growth in our county it is vital the right transport networks in place and more regular, modern trains between the two capital cities will mean travel is easier than ever.

“Tourism is a massive part of Northumberland’s attraction and the extra services will mean even more opportunities for visitors to come and see what we have to offer.

“Competition is always to be welcomed and it is positive that businesses such as FirstGroup are looking to provide alternative, low cost options in the coming years.”