New East Coast train timetable begins

Commuters in the East Midlands are set to benefit from the introduction of a new timetable for East Coast trains.

Changes include more trains from Newark Northgate to Kings Cross, with eight of them leaving before 0900 BST between Monday and Friday.

A new daily direct service from Lincoln to London will also begin from Monday.

East Coast commercial director Peter Williams said the new timetable represented the biggest change to the East coast route in 20 years.

Originally, seven weekday trains in each direction between Lincoln and London had been planned from summer 2011 but due to budget constraints, East Coast had to scale back its plans.

'Growing rapidly'

The new timetable will start on Sunday with the 1910 leaving London and arriving in Lincoln just after 2100 BST.

East Coast Managing Director Karen Boswell said: "We are absolutely delighted to be launching the first direct service between Lincoln and London for 20 years.

"This fantastic new service means travellers from Lincoln and the surrounding area can travel in comfort and style to the capital on business or for pleasure. Similarly, the service will provide an excellent way for business visitors and tourists to travel to Lincoln from London."

Councillor Roger Blaney, deputy leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: "We have worked very closely with Newark Business Club and Nottinghamshire County Council.

"Newark is a growth point and the demand for rail services both north and southbound is growing rapidly."

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