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Howard blows whistle for faster trains

Referee Howard Webb blows his whistle to help launch the new East Midlands' faster train service. From left , Julie Hurley, Cllr Leigh Bramall, Claire Burles and referee Howard Webb

Referee Howard Webb blows his whistle to help launch the new East Midlands' faster train service. From left , Julie Hurley, Cllr Leigh Bramall, Claire Burles and referee Howard Webb

World Cup referee Howard Webb blew the whistle for faster trains between Sheffield and London.

He launched the new service that reduces the fastest journey time to the capital to two hours and knocks six minutes off the average journey time to two hours seven minutes.

Network Rail has spent £70m upgrading 160 miles of track, allowing East Midlands Trains to run trains at 125mph on parts of the Midland Main Line as part of new timetable.

Joining Howard Webb were Julie Hurley, of East Midlands Trains, council cabinet member Leigh Bramall, and Claire Burles, of South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive.

 

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