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An ambitious five-year plan has been devised to improve, operate, maintain and renew the region’s train lines

With Network Rail’s multi-billion-pound plan in place, the East Midlands will continue to see improvements and significant investments across the transport sector.

Announced earlier this month, the ambitious five-year plan has been devised to improve, operate, maintain and renew the region’s train lines. 

Both the East Midlands and London North Eastern route – which runs from the Scottish borders to London’s mains stations – will benefit from the multi-billion improvement plan to enhance train performance, safety and efficiency.

The idea behind the proposal is to drive economic growth, jobs and housing by delivering a better railway for the East Midlands.

As a result of these plans, the railway will be more cost-efficient, reliable and have more capacity. Improvements such as running trains closer together, more space on trains and a personalised customer experience will also be delivered under the new strategy.

Sam Spencer, associate at Bruton Knowles said: “Ambitious infrastructure plans such as these from Network Rail can provide a real stimulus for growth and innovation for a region. The central location of the East Midlands already makes it a fantastic spot to be and these improvements will make it even more accessible for investors, company leaders, as well as improving connections between communities.

“Network Rail has said that there will be almost 350,000 more services per year by 2021, allowing an extra 1,000 services a day. It is an incredibly ambitious plan but, if successful, the potential impact for the country’s rail service is huge.”

One East Midlands city already seeing the benefits of Network Rail’s plans is Derby, where it is working with operators CrossCountry and East Midlands Trains to make track and signalling improvements at the city’s station, which are starting in July 2018.

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