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Direct train service due to start

Corby Station
The first London service leaves Corby train station on Monday morning

The first direct train service between Corby in Northamptonshire and London for more than 40 years is to start on Monday.

The East Midlands Trains service from Corby's new station at 0637 GMT arrives at London St Pancras at 0755 GMT.

The return service leaves at 1800 GMT and reaches Corby at 1919 GMT.

On Saturday, it leaves Corby at 0915 GMT and leaves London at 1717 GMT. The firm says it is a "taster" of a more frequent service it has planned.

A spokesman said the firm was committed to providing a full and regular direct service for Corby, which will begin once the three required trains have been secured.

Tim Shoveller, managing director of East Midlands Trains, said: "We see this first daily direct train as a 'taster' of the full service we will introduce in the near future."

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