Paralympian Richard Whitehead helped to launch the new faster East Midlands to London trains this morning.
Trains will run up to eight minutes faster following £70m of investment and upgrades to 160 miles of track.
The Paralympic gold-medallist believes the quicker train journeys will improve community links and bring more business to the East Midlands.
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A few wintry showers will continue to affect the west of the region overnight, and clear spells will lead to frost by Saturday morning.
Staying cold with clear spells for many. There is a risk of catching a few showers, turning to sleet or snow in places.
Despite a ban on mobile phones, video has emerged showing a prisoner inside HMP Birmingham eating a cockroach.