New Midland rail projects

Today see new announcements for rail projects in the Midlands

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Aerial view of Birmingham's HS2 Stop

Aerial view of how the HS2 station in Birmingham will look Credit: HS2 Limited

The group responsible for bringing High Speed Rail to the Midlands have released this aerial picture of how the station on Curzon Street, Birmingham will look.

High Speed 2 will link London to Birmingham (phase 1) in under an hour and will be completed by 2026.

Phase two, between Birmingham and Manchester and Leeds, which runs through the East Midlands will be open in 2033.

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Images of new train for two Midland lines

New 800 series train heading for Midland main lines Credit: Department of Transport

The Department of Transport has released images of the new 800 series trains.

The new intercities will appear on the Great Western Line in Worcester from 2017 and on the East Coast Main Line which goes through Peterborough from 2018.

Inside the new 800 series train heading for Midland main lines Credit: Department of Transport

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New trains for main line rail routes in the Midlands

The Government has revealed it is investing more than a billion pounds in new trains for two of the main routes through the Midlands.

270 of the new 800 series train carriages have been ordered. Some of the new trains will service the East Midland Main Line which calls at Peterborough.

They will also be used on the Great Western Main Line and they will cut journey times between Worcester and London Paddington by 19 minutes.

The first batch of class 800 series trains will start running on the Great Western Main Line in 2017 and on the East Coast Main Line in 2018.

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