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East Midlands Trains services resume after landslip

East Midlands Trains are running again north of Chesterfield Credit: PA

East Midlands Train services north of Chesterfield in Derbyshire are running again from today, after a landslip closed two sections of track last month.

Extremely wet weather led to a hillside becoming unstable between Chesterfield & Sheffield, putting two tracks at risk on February 18.

Since then a revised service has been in operation after one of the two tracks near Unstone was closed

Initial estimates indicated that services would be disrupted for four to six weeks. However work on site progressed better than expected, and the lines reopened this morning.

Network Rail thanked affected passengers for their patience, saying:

The work completed so far has prioritised making the track safe so that trains can run but work to fully stabilise the hillside will continue for several months yet. Trains will run at a slightly reduced speed past the worksite but this will not significantly affect journey times.

PHIL VERSTER, ROUTE MANAGING DIRECTOR FOR NETWORK RAIL

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125mph speed signs to help reduce train time to London

East Midlands Trains has unveiled its new 125mph speed signs, which it says will help reduce journey times to London from the region from next week.

One of the new signs is put up Credit: Stagecoach Group

The signs mean trains will be allowed to reach those speeds for the first time ever. It is part of the £70million improvement plans delivered by Network Rail and the train company.

Free internet at East Midlands Trains' stations

Millions of passengers will be able to access free internet at East Midlands Trains’ stations thanks to a new investment programme.

East Midlands Train train near Derby train station Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The move is the latest stage in the train operator's plan to ensure passengers have access to wireless internet across its mainline routes, both on board trains and at stations.

The programme will be completed by spring 2014.

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East Midlands Trains staff suspend industrial action

Members of the RMT Union had been refusing to work any rest days as part of the industrial action Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Industrial action being taken by members of the RMT Union has been suspended.

East Midlands Trains staff had been refusing to work rest days because of a dispute over a dispute over various issues, including the scheduling of work in Nottingham.

Bosses at the train firm say they have made a new offer to workers, which will now be voted on.

Celebrations for re-opening of Nottingham station

East Midlands Trains (EMT) has announced celebration plans for the final week of the Nottingham re-signalling work and the re-opening of Nottingham station.

East Midlands trains Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The celebrations are based on positive customer feedback from initiatives taking place throughout the work.

EMT volunteers will be handing out free macaroons to customers today. There will also be a 'mascot dance-off'.

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