Route Su­per­vi­sory Board es­tab­lished for ECML

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A Route Su­per­vi­sory Board, hold­ing the rail­way to ac­count for the East Coast Main Line, will be­gin work this month.

Led by Sir Gary Ver­ity, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Wel­come to York­shire, the Board is de­signed to act as one voice rep­re­sent­ing cus­tomers while en­sur­ing dif­fer­ent el­e­ments of the rail in­dus­try work to­gether to drive im­prove­ments.

It will be formed of se­nior Net­work Rail rep­re­sen­ta­tives and those from train op­er­at­ing com­pa­nies on the ECML, as well as pas­sen­ger groups and re­gional economies.

“Bri­tain’s rail­way is ever more im­por­tant to eco­nomic growth so, work­ing to­gether, we are de­ter­mined to de­liver more for cus­tomer and com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try,” said NR’s Lon­don North East­ern & East Mid­lands Route Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Rob McIn­tosh.

“The board will work to­gether with one voice to best rep­re­sent cus­tomers the length of the East Coast Main Line, bring­ing track and train closer to­gether, driv­ing im­prove­ments and hold­ing the in­dus­try to ac­count.”

McIn­tosh added that Ver­ity would bring “valu­able in­sight from out­side the rail in­dus­try to help us grow the ECML and de­liver its max­i­mum po­ten­tial value for UK plc”.

Ver­ity said he was look­ing for­ward to de­liv­er­ing the next chap­ter in the his­tory of the ECML, at what is an “im­por­tant time in the evo­lu­tion of train travel”.

Sec­re­tary of State for Trans­port Chris Grayling said: “De­liv­er­ing such ma­jor im­prove­ments and re­pairs, while keep­ing the busy rail­way mov­ing, is a tough task and it is much bet­ter done by a joined-up lo­cal team. Bring­ing the man­age­ment of track and train closer to­gether will mean dis­rup­tion is min­imised as we de­liver th­ese bet­ter jour­neys for pas­sen­gers.”

Vir­gin Trains East Coast MD David Horne said: “To­gether with Net­work Rail, we’re mov­ing for­ward at great speed in trans­form­ing rail travel on the East Coast. I wel­come the ap­point­ment of Sir Gary as some­one who shares Vir­gin’s pas­sion and drive to de­liver a truly best in class rail­way for our com­mu­ni­ties.”

Richard McClean, MD of open ac­cess op­er­a­tor Grand Cen­tral, said: “Set­ting up a Route Su­per­vi­sory Board for the East Coast Main Line is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for the whole rail in­dus­try to work smarter to­gether as one team to de­liver for the pas­sen­gers and com­mu­ni­ties that we serve.”

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