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LNER delivering for Scotland and its communities

Posted: 17th December 2021

Earlier this year we published an independent report by Steer that found that LNER can play a central role in Scotland’s green economic recovery.

The independent report titled, The UK Economic, Social and Environment Value Delivered by London North Eastern Railway, found that through people choosing rail rather than air to travel to and from Scotland there are over 400,000 fewer aviation journeys per year, saving more than 20,000 tonnes of carbon emissions per annum.

Analysis found that for every £1 spent running and investing in LNER services, at least £2 is generated in economic (GVA) impact and an additional £0.83 is generated in wider societal impacts. In Scotland that means an annual economic impact of over £250m.

One Scottish business that already benefits from LNER is Reids of Caithness, which supplies the shortbread biscuits for LNER customers in First Class. As a direct result of the LNER contract, Reids has created eight full-time roles in the business to meet demand – another example of how LNER plays a key role in supporting Scotland’s economy.

David Horne, Managing Director at LNER, said: “This independent report by Steer confirms that LNER has a crucial role to play in Scotland’s green recovery and helping it reach net-zero. Whether it is our services, employment, procurement from local suppliers or partnerships with charities, every choice we make has the potential to create new opportunities for Scotland’s green economic recovery.”

Read the full report here

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