The East Coast Main Line needs at the very least £3bn to supply an excellent service and become ready for the arrival of high speed trains, local councils have warned.
And the indegent state of the line right now is reported to be robbing the North East of tourism and the investment had a need to create jobs.
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Transport Ministers were urged to purchase the line when Newcastle North MP Catherine McKinnell led a residence of Commons debate.
She said: “I’m seriously concerned that the grade of the service being provided simply will not &lsquo currently;sell’ the relative line, or the neighborhood communities it really is likely to serve.
“Why would anyone from overseas or elsewhere in the united kingdom want to get back to places they will have visited on the route – or conduct business, or invest &ndash there; should they have an unhealthy travel experience, as is all too often the case far?”
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The national government announced funding of £ in July 780m to boost the line.
But Ms McKinnell warned: “The Consortium of East Coast Main Line Authorities estimates that the route requires at the very least £3bn of investment to fulfil Network Rail’s proposals, but there’s currently no indication where in fact the remainder of the funding to cover these projects should come from – either via Government funding or alternative party investment.”
Ms McKinnell &ldquo said you can find;real problems” on the relative line and highlighted official figures published by Network Rail, which showed that 75 just.2% of East Coast Main Line trains arrived within 10 minutes of these scheduled time, well lacking the national figure of 86%.
The figures, september 15 which make reference to the 12 months around, also showed that almost 9% of ECML trains were cancelled or classed as “late&rdquo significantly;, in comparison to an England and Wales average of 4.6%.
Improvements were had a need to improve signalling, power tracks and supply, in order that new Azuma trains constructed by Hitachi can run at their full speed, said the MP.
And in addition, the relative line was because of be built-into the planned HS2 high speed rail line, with HS2 trains switching to the East Coast Main Line north of Leeds.
She said: “The Consortium of East Coast Main Line Authorities have made clear if you ask me that the Department for Transport’s current proposals are insufficient to guarantee the East Coast Main Line is HS2-ready by 2033, the real point of which the HS2-East Coast Main Line link will be in place.”
Transport Minister Jo Johnson said the national government was investing £13bn on transport infrastructure in the north, including £2.9bn on trans-Pennine services.
And he highlighted the £5.7bn programme to supply a fresh fleet of trains on the East Coast Main Line.
He said: “This programme provides both East Coast and Great Western routes with a totally new fleet of trains which will be equipped with the most recent technology.”
One result will be shorter journey times, with journeys between Newcastle and London cut by 10 minutes.
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