Friday, November 20, 2009

News: London to benefit from two trains an hour to Sheffield from December


East Midlands Trains, working in partnership with South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) and Yorkshire Forward, has today confirmed plans to introduce two trains an hour between Sheffield and London from Monday 14 December. This marks a significant improvement from the current hourly service.

The introduction of these new services means that passengers travelling between Sheffield and London will have the benefit of an additional 24 trains throughout the day, providing greater choice and helping to improve the economic competitiveness of the Sheffield City Region.

David Young, SYPTE's Director of Customer Experience, said: "I am excited to welcome these new train services, which follow a number of years' lobbying and prioritising funds to support this route as passenger numbers have increased."

Tom Riordan, Chief Executive of Yorkshire Forward, said: "I am delighted that Yorkshire Forward funding has contributed to such a key milestone in the economic development of Sheffield. A twice-hourly service to London, and vice-versa, means that Sheffield will now be able to compete on a level playing field with other cities in the UK.

"Until now Sheffield has been the only major English city with just an hourly service to London, so investments like this one will provide a major shot in the arm for the city, creating jobs and boosting the economy.

"As well as the obvious financial benefit of twice as many Sheffield to London passengers using Sheffield Station, we also expect to see an additional £2million to £3million pounds being generated annually in the local economy in jobs and investment."

Transport Secretary Andrew Adonis said: "I'm delighted that passengers will benefit from a more frequent service, with twice the number of trains running between Sheffield and London.

"This initiative is an excellent example of local agencies working with the train operator to improve services to meet local need."

East Midlands Trains website


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