Mark Pawsey MP welcomes faster trains in Rugby

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LONDON Midland will add 40 new carriages to the London Midland network in 2013.

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey has welcomed the announcement by the Department for Transport which will significantly increase capacity, and also reduce journey times as the newer trains will have a higher maximum speed.

Current London Midland services travel at a maximum speed of 100mph, but the train operator will modify some of their existing fleet to run at 110 mph – the maximum speed of the new-build trains - creating faster peak and off-peak services into London Euston.

Mr Pawsey: “Today’s announcement is excellent news for commuters and rail users here in Rugby and further improves our rail services. This investment by the Government means that, from December this year, journey times from Rugby to Euston on London Midland trains are now predicted to be 1 hour and 9 minutes, reducing travel time by 15 minutes. It is even better if you are travelling back to Rugby as rail times are predicted to be 56 minutes, down from 1 hour and 18 minutes.”