HAVE YOUR SAY: Harrogate to London rail services

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Harrogate Advertiser readers are invited to have their say on the future of the East Coast mainline, which could involve the possibility of more direct trains between the town and London.

Three companies are bidding to operate the East Coast franchise from early 2015.

Harrogate Chamber of Trade and Commerce is meeting with each bidder to discuss plans, and has asked readers to get in touch with their comments, concerns and recommendations.

Chamber Chief Executive Brian Dunsby said: “We are meeting with one of the groups, the First Group plc, on February 6.

“One of the considerations will be trying to get more direct services between Harrogate and London.

“It is a closed meeting but readers can get involved by sending their comments to us, all are welcome.”

The line, stretching between London King’s Cross in the south to Aberdeen in the north, has been publicly-run since 2009.

One direct Harrogate to London service is offered each day, with a northbound service in the evening.

At other times, rail travellers from across the district can access the mainline at Leeds or York.

The bidders are East Coast Trains Ltd (First Group plc), Keolis/Eurostar East Coast Limited (Keolis (UK) Limited and Eurostar International Limited) and Inter City Railways Limited (Stagecoach Transport Holdings Limited and Virgin Holdings Limited)

Network Rail is investigating possible work to improve the section of track at York where the east coast mainline and Harrogate line cross. It is possible any update could see incoming Harrogate trains arrive at a different platform at York.

Have your say. Email comments and suggestions to the Chamber at info@harrogatechamber.org

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