Federation of Small Businesses welcomes new East Coast rail franchise

Rail transport news.
Rail transport news.

The Federation of Small Businesses in Greater Lincolnshire and Peterborough welcomes the planned improvements to rail services from Lincoln following the announcement that the East Coast franchise has been awarded to ‘Inter City Railways’.

The new operator is a joint venture between Stagecoach and Virgin Rail and promises more services, new trains and more seats.

FSB Branch Chairman for Lincoln, North Hykeham and Sleaford, David Dexter said: “Effective links from Lincoln to our major cities are crucial for businesses and it is good that this deal will bring improved transport and infrastructure to Lincoln. In particular, the enhanced services with more direct trains to London will bring many benefits. With about 1,000 members in the local branch the FSB is keen to see any changes that remove the barriers to growth for local businesses.”