Submitted by MikeWhelan on 9 December, 2008 - 00:53
The Department for Transport is giving us longer, faster trains for Christmas.
The new timetable, which is introduced on December 14, will see an extra 690 trains running on the network every day - a 3.4% increase across England on weekdays, a 5.2% increase for Saturday services and 7.6% more trains running on Sundays.
The popularity of rail travel has grown massively in recent years and it's vital we keep up with this demand. This new timetable will see many more trains running every day
- Four new stations will be opened under the new timetable: Aylesbury Vale Parkway, Buckinghamshire, will be opened by Chiltern Railways on the 14th December, while stations in Corby, Northamptonshire, East Midlands Parkway, near East Midlands Airport, in Nottinghamshire and Laurencekirk, in Aberdeenshire, are due to open early in the new year.
- Eight additional towns and cities will have direct through trains to London, for the first time for a number of years: Alsager, in Cheshire, Atherstone, in Warwickshire, Corby, in Northants, Ivybridge, in Devon, Lincoln, and in Staffordshire, Rugeley, Stone and Kidsgrove.
- Passenger train kilometres run on the National Rail network are 20% higher than ten years ago, and 55% more than in 1979.