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Plans to improve train services

East Midlands Trains
Improvements will help provide more trains and faster services

Train bosses in the East Midlands have announced plans to improve the region's rail network.

It comes as figures show the number of passengers in the region is set to increase by more than a quarter over the next decade.

The improvements outlined by Network Rail include proposals to make trains longer, the addition of extra seats and more services.

A scheme to electrify the Midland mainline is already under way.

Network Rail - which is responsible for the infrastructure on which Britain's railways are run - said the improvements will boost capacity and shorten journey times.

Dyan Crowther, route director for Network Rail, said: "Demand for rail travel has grown significantly over the last decade, and while this success is welcomed, it brings with it the challenge of meeting this demand while improving services for rail users.

"It is essential that we have a robust strategy in place to build a bigger and better railway."

A three-month consultation period with train operators, passenger groups and the government has started.



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