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The East Coast Main Line (ECML) is the UK’s most significant rail infrastructure asset.

The line is more than 500 miles long, serves the capital cities of London and Edinburgh, and carries 20 million passengers each year.

The East Coast Main Line connects local and regional economies with each other, to the national economy and to Europe and is of considerable strategic importance to both national and regional economies.

It gives businesses in the areas it serves access to opportunities across the whole length of the line.

The Consortium of East Coast Main Line Authorities represent authorities from London to Aberdeen and Inverness

We’re a cross-party group of Councils, Combined Authorities and Regional Transport Partnerships along the area served by the East Coast Main Line, working to secure economic growth and prosperity.

We’re calling for improved connectivity by rail in an area that covers from northern Scotland to London, for passengers and freight.

Our members are already investing significantly to help maintain the £300 billion that the areas on the East Coast Main Line contribute to the country; a figure that doubles when London’s output is included.


We’ve got a vital role to play representing communities served by the East Coast Main Line in the important discussions to be taken over coming years about strategic rail connectivity.

We’re working with central Government, the rail industry and businesses to continue delivering the investment needed to enable economic growth along the entire line.