Three MPs will call for further investment in the region's rail network today.
Chloe Smith, Ben Gummer and Priti Patel, are hosting a business forum which will be attended by the Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.
They say improvements to the region's rail infrastructure, will drive economic growth and attract inward investment to the region.
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Cold but dry and bright this afternoon followed by a risk of icy stretches tonight.