LONDON TO SHEFFIELD IN TWO HOURS
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A £70 million project to enable 125mph running on the Midland Main Line has been completed by Network Rail.
It will allow East Midlands Trains to shorten journey times to its key destinations, and to finally rid the route of its slow, Cinderella image.
The new timetable shaves seven minutes off the London St Pancras to Sheffield journey time - the fastest train now takes exactly two hours. And Nottingham moves to within a fraction of the ‘Nottingham in 90’ aspiration, with a fastest journey time to London of 91 minutes. Five minutes is cut from the average London-Nottingham timing, and four minutes from London-Derby.
In all, line speeds have been increased on 159 miles of track (80 on the northbound line and 79 southbound) between Elstree and Clay Cross (Chesterfield).
There are now 56 miles available for 125mph running (32 northbound, 24 southbound), while significant stretches have been lifted from 110mph to 120mph. The 125mph sections are around Radlett and Leagrave, between Harlington and Sharnbrook, around Wymington and north of Loughborough on the northbound line, and south of Syston on the southbound.
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