YP Letters: Supreme irony of major railway bottleneck

Some people feel the East Coast Mainline is more pressing than HS2.
Some people feel the East Coast Mainline is more pressing than HS2.
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From: Nigel Boddy, Fife Road, Darlington.

The East Coast Main Railway Line is more important than HS2.

Is it really true that the East Coast main railway line has one major bottleneck, Darlington station?

Is it also true that the East Coast mainline can increase capacity by a staggering 25 
per cent if Bishop Auckland and Middlesbrough trains do not cross the East Coast mainline and enter Darlington station?

What a supreme irony it is that the town which started the railway is holding back passenger numbers comfort and safety in this way.

In my opinion we must press ahead with all speed to allow Bishop Auckland train passengers to alight on a new platform to the west of the station.

We must allow Middlesbrough Saltburn and Whitby passengers to alight and board trains on a new platform to the furthest point east of the existing station.

There can be no more delay. This is surely more important than HS2 isn’t it?

Where is the leadership from the local council and the government?

Why has this lamentable state of affairs been allowed 
to continue for so very 
long?

This is a national scandal.