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Leicester’s Town Crier Tony Green had some great news to shout about earlier today when he joined East Midlands Trains Managing Director Tim Shoveller and City Councillor Patrick Kitterick to officially dispatch one of the first faster train services from Leicester to London by ringing his bell.
The company’s new timetable came into effect on Sunday 14 December giving Leicester passengers a number of substantial improvements to their train service including faster journey times to and from the capital, more Sunday services, an earlier morning weekday service to London, a later last service back from London and Nottingham and faster journeys to Sheffield.
Tim Shoveller, Managing Director of East Midlands Trains said:
“Leicester is such a thriving city. It’s the biggest interchange in our network and since 1999 there’s been a massive 75% increase in the number of passengers travelling to and from London. We are committed to improving our services for the people of Leicester by operating more trains with better links in London and faster journey times. The train we dispatched at 12.25 today takes just one hour and seven minutes, that’s 11 minutes faster than the previous typical journey time and a big improvement for Leicester passengers”
Cllr Patrick Kitterick, Leicester City Council’s Cabinet member for transport and regeneration said:
“In the future the rail ink to London and other cities will become increasingly important to Leicester's economy. The increased trains, later last trains and faster journeys puts Leicester in a better position economically for people seeking to work in Leicester, or live in Leicester and work elsewhere."