Quicker train journeys between Leicester and London following £1.5 billion upgrade scheme

Rail journeys to and from London are set to be faster, extra frequent and over extra of the day from subsequent month.

The East Midlands Railway (EMR) Leicester timetable modifications comply with the £1.5 billion Midland Mainline Upgrade works.

A brand new schedule might be launched on May 16 to offer extra seats, faster journeys, and a less complicated and ‘extra resilient’ timetable, with earlier and later companies to St Pancras being launched, say EMR.

The new timetable will see the primary train arrive in London roughly quarter-hour sooner than at current whereas the quickest off-peak journey instances to London might be beneath one hour and quarter-hour.

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Previously, the longest service took one hour, 25 minutes. The shortest will now be one hour, seven minutes.

Later night companies are additionally anticipated, permitting passengers to go to the theatre, or go for dinner and then catch the train dwelling.

Faster journey instances have been made potential by main updates to railways on the route as a part of a £1.5 billion Midland Main Line Upgrade scheme.

As a part of the work, the mainline from Bedford northwards by way of Kettering to Corby has been electrified.

According to Network Rail, the journeys in electrical trains might be “sooner and quieter with extra seats on trains and improved reliability on a number of the busiest routes”.

Major work has additionally been accomplished at Market Harborough station the place nearly 4km of latest observe has observe has been laid to enhance pace.

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A spokesman for Network Rail stated: “Commuters to the station, may have famous the brand new straighter line, the set up of a brand new ready space and options to extend accessibility together with a brand new footbridge with lifts and a ramp from the primary automotive park to the station had been put in place.”

Managing director of East Midlands Railway Will Rogers stated: “This new timetable represents an thrilling new chapter for train companies within the area and will carry important advantages to the communities we serve, together with Leicester.

“The £1.5 billion Midland Mainline upgrade has allowed us to offer extra seats, faster journeys and a less complicated, extra resilient timetable.

“It has been an unimaginable workforce effort to place this timetable in place, particularly throughout a interval so closely affected by Covid and that’s the reason we’re so proud to have the ability to launch this new timetable.

“It will allow higher regional and intercity connectivity, serving to individuals get to work and take pleasure in their leisure time, and gives a well timed and fine addition to our native economies and passengers.”

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