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East Midlands : opening of the greenest station

01/25/2009 AT 21:33

The multi million pound station, owned by Network Rail and managed by East Midlands Trains, will give hundreds of thousands of people across the East Midlands easier and better access to train services. The station aims to get people off the M1, out of their cars, and on to trains.

Network Rail's new station is one of the greenest ever built, and will be served by over 100 East Midlands Trains services per day, with trains to and from London every 15-20 minutes at peak times. The journey time to London will be around 1 hour and 30 minutes. It will serve as a park and ride station for Leicester, Derby and Nottingham, reducing car use into the major cities and taking traffic off the M1.

Dyan Crowther, Network Rail route director said: "East Midlands Parkway signifies our commitment to improving the rail network and providing high quality accessible stations. “It is a great facility which provides new choices for passengers and will tempt motorists from the nearby M1 to use a greener form of travel and aims to reduce congestion in nearby city centres."

East Midlands Parkway is one of the greenest stations ever, using new technology to minimise its impact on the local environment. It uses a ground-heat heating system as well as locally sourced and recycled materials.

East Midlands Parkway is situated just off the A453 at Ratcliffe-on-Soar, 1 mile from the M1. It comprises of four platforms, step free access, a station building with ticket office and other facilities, and will be staffed and managed by East Midlands Trains as well as having 850 car parking spaces.

East Midlands Trains Managing Director, Tim Shoveller said: ”We are now only a matter of days away from the exciting opening of the first new station in our region for many years. I am sure we'll attract more passengers to rail from the surrounding roads. Perhaps more importantly in the current economic climate, the station will offer businesses in the region an invaluable link to attract new business to the region from London. With journey times to London of around 90 minutes and prices to London starting at just £8 we expect it to be a very busy station for us.”

East Midlands Development Agency (emda) is one of the funders of East Midlands Parkway. Commenting on the new station, Steve Brown, emda's Deputy Chairman, said: “Good transport connectivity is important to create a successful economy and flourishing region, which is why emda has invested in East Midlands Parkway. The new station is an excellent example of what can be achieved through sustainable design and high environmental standards and will help support regional growth.”

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