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London route could arrive early

A new direct rail service between Lincoln and London could be running a year earlier than previously planned.

When National Express East Coast took over from GNER in 2007, the company pledged to have a direct rail link in place by 2010.

But transport bosses said they were aiming to bring plans forward by 12 months as systems were in place.

At the moment, passengers travelling to London must change at Newark in Nottinghamshire.

Twenty-year wait

John Gelson from National Express East Coast said he was optimistic about the plans.

"Because we are quite experienced... many of the systems are already in place for the link.

"There was a very strong case made around the time we won the franchise for this link.

"The economic benefits for Lincoln are a given. We know people want them [the trains] and we want to get on and deliver them."

The new service will take two hours and will be the first direct link from Lincoln to London in almost 20 years.

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