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Chamber strong support for HS2


James Ramsbotham stresses the need for improved rail infrastructure

James Ramsbotham, Chief Executive, North East England Chamber of Commerce said: “East Coast Mainline is the key route for rail to access from and to the North East. The cost of having this railway constantly unreliable is so harmful for our businesses. Constraints in 2018, for example, included 12 major incidents costing over £46m to the UK economy. The answer in our view is to have HS2 delivered swiftly and in full. For the North East this project is so important to improve capacity and reliability of the whole strategic rail network.”