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Corby's London service on track

Train at new Corby station
The first London service left Corby train station on Monday morning

The first direct train service between Corby in Northamptonshire and London for more than 40 years has left the town's new 17m station.

The East Midlands Trains service from Corby's station left at 0637 GMT and arrived at St Pancras at 0755 GMT.

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

On a Saturday, it leaves Corby at 0915 GMT and leaves London at 1717 GMT. The firm said it was a "taster" of a more frequent service it was planning.

It was the first time a direct train has left Corby for London in 43 years.

A lack of rolling stock means a full hourly service is not yet able to run, but negotiations are on-going to lease three more trains.

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."


At present there is only one service a day from the new station

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