Leaders hail “once in a generation” opportunity to reconnect the Midlands

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The Mayor of Leicester and the Leader of Coventry City Council have hailed the release of a report by Midlands Connect, which promotes plans for direct rail links between Coventry, Leicester and Nottingham, as a “once in a generation opportunity” to better connect the three cities.

The report comes just weeks before the expected publication of the Integrated Rail Plan, which will set the agenda for the next thirty years of rail travel and outline Government spending in the Midlands and North.

Midlands Connect’s plans would reinstate direct rail services between Coventry, Leicester and Nottingham for the first time in two decades, creating over 2 million extra seats on the region’s rail network every year.

The improvements would introduce two new trains each hour, also calling at Loughborough and East Midlands Parkway, made possible by a new dive under at Nuneaton, creating space for these services to pass through the area, alongside plans to improve line speed along the route, making journeys faster.

Currently, passengers travelling along the corridor have to get off one train at Nuneaton station, change platforms and board another, culminating in a slow, inconvenient service. Because of this, just 3% of trips between Coventry and Leicester

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