East Midlands Railway improves timetables between Nottingham, Loughborough, Leicester and London

East Midlands Railway said it was speeding up connections between the East Midlands and the capital.

After a year of disruption to the country’s rail services, the Central England service said the link between cities in the region and London would be faster and more frequent from May 16.

EMR says the changes will provide more seats, faster commutes and a simpler, more resilient schedule for its network users, with increasingly late services as travelers return to leisure travel. , business and tourism more typical.

It says passengers will benefit from faster peak journey times to St Pancras and more consistent departure times throughout the day.

Day trippers or passengers wanting more flexibility will also be able to take advantage of the new schedule which will see the first train arriving in London around an hour and a half earlier – and the last train 30 minutes later.

EMR said they designed the timetables to maintain the fastest journey times to London outside of rush hour in most cases.

The schedule is made possible by the successful delivery of the £ 1.5 billion Midland Mainline upgrade by Network Rail, in partnership with EMR and other neighboring rail operators.

Will Rogers, Managing Director of East Midlands Railway, said: “This new schedule represents an exciting new chapter for rail services in the region and will bring significant benefits to the communities we serve, including the City of Nottingham.

“The £ 1.5 billion Midland Main Line upgrade has allowed us to offer more seats, faster journeys and a simpler, more resilient schedule.

“It has been an incredible team effort to put this calendar in place, especially during a time so heavily impacted by covid and that is why we are so proud to be able to launch this new calendar.

“This will allow for better regional and intercity connectivity, help people get to work and enjoy their free time, and give a timely and welcome boost to our local economies and our passengers.”

Examples of new schedule:

Nottingham to London St Pancras (old route and time in brackets)

04:20 – 06:09 – one hour 49 minutes (new service)

04:40 – 06:34 – one hour 54 minutes (new service)

05:14 – 07:03 – one hour 49 minutes (new service)

5:51 am – 7:31 am – one hour 40 minutes (5:32 am – 7:36 am (two hours four minutes)

06:12 – 07:56 – one hour 44 minutes (06:31 – 08:24 (one hour 53 minutes)

06:49 – 08:27 – one hour 38 minutes (06:52 – 08:41 (one hour 49 minutes)

07:12 – 08:57 – one hour 45 minutes (07:11 – 09:08 (one hour 57 minutes)

7:49 – 9:24 – one hour 35 minutes (8:00 – 9:38 (one hour 38 minutes)

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