News: Grayling promises to honour East Coast rail pledge over extra services

Yorkshire Post 1st March 2018  “Promises to expand the number of trains operating on the East Coast Main Line between Yorkshire and London will be met, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has pledged. The Cabinet minister gave the assurance following growing concerns about the early termination of the Virgin and Stagecoach-operated franchise. His intervention comes after West Yorkshire political and business leaders reminded Mr Grayling last weekend that Leeds, York, Dewsbury, Bradford, Huddersfield, Shipley, Horsforth and Harrogate were all due to be serviced by extra trains from May next year under the terms of the franchise.

This commitment was given by Mr Grayling as he reviews the future operation of the line which has now seen three franchises collapse in just over a decade. “It is my intention that, whatever arrangements are put in place for the next few years, the service improvements that have been promised will be delivered.”

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