RAIL journeys to London will be slashed to less than two hours by the end of the year, East Midlands Trains has announced - as it named a train in honour of The Star’s 125th anniversary.
The Intercity 125 locomotive has been named ‘The Sheffield Star, 125 years’.
It was unveiled by The Star’s Editor Jeremy Clifford at a ceremony also attended by Lord Mayor John Campbell and civic dignitaries.
East Midlands Trains’ engineering director, Tony Sayer, said the train was in honour of the newspaper’s long history and relationship with the company.
Mr Clifford said: “Today is a really exciting day and proud one for The Star.
“It isn’t every day that you get to name a train after your business, our newspaper, so I am immensely grateful to East Midlands Trains who are giving us this opportunity.
“We will continue to change, evolve and adapt to ensure we bring our readers the information when they want it and in the format they want it for the next 125 years.”
Mr Sayer said: “Looking forward to the future we now have two trains per hour from Sheffield to London which is a great achievement.
“In December, we’re going to be cutting journey times to under two hours.”
The reduction in journey times from Sheffield to London, which currently take at least two hours and seven minutes, is due to a £40 million track improvement project.
The Star has been printing since 1887 and celebrated its 125th birthday earlier this month.
The locomotive named after The Star - number 43055 - carried the newspaper’s name from 1993 until it was repainted 10 years later.
Seeing the train being officially named, Lord Mayor Coun Campbell said: “The Star in comparison to many papers has a good relationship, not just with East Midlands Trains, but I think with identifying the community issues. It’s a magnificent effort.”