Government pledges on Aberdeen-London rail link

ScotRail staff will take a "softly softly" approach in the early stages of the late-night drink ban.
ScotRail staff will take a "softly softly" approach in the early stages of the late-night drink ban.
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Gordon MP Sir Malcolm Bruce has secured assurances from the UK and Scottish Governments that trains on the East Coast mainline will continue to travel between Aberdeen and London.

The Westminster Government announced in March that the franchise for the East Coast Mainline is due to be returned to the private sector in February, 2015.

Sir Malcolm wrote to the UK and Scottish Transport Ministers asking them to work together to ensure that the through service is preserved.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has now confirmed to Sir Malcolm that “the Department has no current plans to discontinue through services north of Edinburgh”.

Transport Minister Keith Brown also told the Gordon MP that the Scottish Government will continue to express “its desire for the retention of through services beyond Edinburgh to Aberdeen and Inverness”.

Sir Malcolm said: “Since privatisation, I have consistently campaigned to ensure that we get through trains to and from London and the major towns and cities in between. It is clear to me that the Coalition Government recognises the importance of these vital connections.”