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East Midlands Trains’ newest train station is getting ready to celebrate its first anniversary. With Tuesday 27 April marking the first anniversary of Corby station, East Midlands Trains has announced a successful first year of operation and some exciting plans for the future.
Since opening its doors officially with the launch of the full timetable on 27 April 2009, the station has seen in excess of 130,000 journeys on its new train services. Customer research carried out by East Midlands Trains shows that the station is proving popular with leisure and business travellers:
Commuters are also making the most of the new station, with 18% of passengers using the station to travel to/from work on a regular basis.
Another measure of success is local awareness of the station and its frequent services to London, the most popular destination for travellers from Corby. Research carried out amongst Corby’s residents shows that 87% were aware of the launch of Corby to London services, and a promising 18% had already used the new services.
Commenting, David Horne, Commercial Director for East Midlands Trains said: “The research carried out demonstrates that people generally have good awareness of the station and of the new services we are offering. 87% of the people we interviewed in Corby said they were aware of the new station, and this is a great sign for a station in its first year of operation.
“Even more encouraging is the fact that 77% of those interviewed said the opening of Corby station meant it would be more likely they would consider using the train. We have worked hard with our partners to raise awareness and to encourage people to give the station a try, and this is clearly starting to pay off.”
East Midlands Trains is also using the station’s first anniversary to formally announce the major timetable improvements coming soon. With the timetable change, from 24 May Corby will benefit from a number of improvements, including a new return service to Derby departing at 09.30 and calling at Melton Mowbray, Oakham and East Midlands Parkway, providing a new direct link for East Midlands Airport and for train services to Scotland and northern England. The service will return from Derby at 16.47, arriving into Corby at 17.52.
In addition to this new northbound service, there will also be improvements to the London services following the commissioning of new signalling equipment by Network Rail. This means faster journey times on many services between Corby and London and an additional Saturday service to London.
David continues: “We’re hoping that with these further timetable improvements to come in May, even more people will take the opportunity to take a journey from Corby station. With a popular station café, excellent links to local bus and national coach services and a team of friendly staff, it’s definitely worth getting on board.”
Simon Evans, chief executive officer of North Northants Development Company, said, “It seems incredible that it is only a year since the new station was opened and an hourly service to London began. The take up of the service has outstripped expectations and continues to change perceptions of Corby as a place to live and work.
“The station has already become a real symbol of the town’s transformation and stimulus for further major regeneration projects such as the new £35m Tresham campus on Oakley Road.”
In addition to a successful year of new train services, Corby station has been recognised externally through a number of prestigious award wins including at the East Midlands Regional Construction Awards and the East Midlands Property Awards.