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More trains from Lincoln in new East Coast Franchise deal

The Department for Transport have said there will be more trains from Lincoln as part of the the new East Coast franchise to Inter City Railways, a consortium of Stagecoach and Virgin.

The new deal will include a host of extra benefits for passengers:

  • 23 new services from London to key destinations, with 75 more station calls a day;
  • plans for new direct links to Huddersfield, Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Dewsbury and Thornaby;
  • proposals for more trains to London from Bradford, Edinburgh, Harrogate, Leeds, Lincoln, Newcastle, Shipley, Stirling, and York;
  • 3,100 extra seats for the morning peak time by 2020;
  • across the entire train fleet there will be 12,200 additional seats – a 50% increase;
  • 65 state of the art Intercity Express trains brought into passenger service from 2018, totalling 500 new carriages;
  • journey times from London to Leeds reduced by 14 minutes, and from London to Edinburgh by 13 minutes; and
  • a £140 million investment package to improve trains and stations.

Virgin trains consortium chosen to run East Coast main line franchise

A consortium involving Sir Richard Branson's train company Virgin Trains has been chosen to run the East Coast main line franchise from next year.

Virgin Trains has been chosen to run the East Coast main line franchise Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Department for Transport (DfT) said the consortium involving Virgin and transport company Stagecoach, who already run the West Coast line, will start the East Coast franchise in March 2015.

There has been speculation that a consortium of Eurotunnel and French company Keolis which is 70% owned by French state railway SNCF, had been chosen as the new East Coast operator.

But Eurotunnel/Keolis have now missed out, as have the other shortlisted bidder, FirstGroup (correct) which has recently also lost its First Capital Connect and ScotRail franchises.

Major Derby commuter route to open long closure

A major commuter route into Derby will be reopened today after more than a year.

A £7m bridge has been built over the Derby-to-Birmingham rail line Credit: ITV News Central

London Road has been closed while a new seven million pound bridge has been built over the main Derby-to-Birmingham rail line.

It replaces the previous 135-year-old bridge which was deemed unsafe for heavy vehicles.

Pensioners struggling to cope with basic tasks - report

More than 200,000 pensioners in the East Midlands are struggling to cope with basic tasks at home like cooking, dressing or bathing.

The Age and the Strategic Society centre says many pensioners need help Credit: PA

That's according to a report by the Age and the Strategic Society Centre.

It claims thousands of pensioners are living without basic day-to-day support or council services in their own homes.

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Firefighters use graffiti to deliver safe driving message

These Leicestershire firefighters have turned their hand to graffiti Credit: Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service

Two firefighters in Leicestershire have turned their hand to graffiti art to deliver a message about safe driving.

This mural has been created outside their station Credit: Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service

They have just completed this mural outside their station in the New Parks area of the city.

The work highlights the four biggest road dangers: drink and drugs, using mobile phones, speeding and not wearing seat belts.

The aim is to encourage safe driving Credit: Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service
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