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London Midland to cut journey times by half an hour

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London Midland is aiming to cut journey times into the capital by up to half an hour when it introduces 110 mph running later this year.

The operator is conducting a series of final tests during the summer before the faster speed is adopted by some of its services from December 10.

Journey times to London will fall by up to half an hour and London Midland will be introducing an additional service each hour, off peak, between Milton Keynes, Rugby and London Euston, as a result of increased capacity on the line.

Passengers travelling from stations in the Trent Valley area, including Rugeley, Lichfield Trent Valley, Tamworth, Atherstone and Nuneaton, to London will see journey times reduce by up to 32 minutes.  

London Midland is modifying its fleet of 30 class 350 trains to run at the faster speeds in a bid to improve efficiency on the main line between London and Rugby – the most intensively used section of railway in Europe.

From 2014, London Midland is also introducing seven new trains on to the route.

Nicola Moss, London Midland’s head of franchise management, said: “The testing we are carrying out is going really well and we are on track to introduce these improvements from December. 

“This is really good news for our passengers and from 2014, we will be able to make even greater improvements to journeys into London with new trains and plenty more seats.”


  1. Andrew, the key quote from the article is this –  “the most intensively used section of railway in Europe”. Those long stops are a result of fitting conflicting services around each other.


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