COLIN BOOCOCK explores the future needs of the Midland main line

Set to be replaced by an EMU: a four-car Meridian leaves Kettering with a service to Corby on 15 March 2017. Note the new signal gantry.
Mick Alderman

The Midland main line has improved beyond all expectation. A decade ago, when Eurostar moved across from Waterloo to make its London terminus St Pancras International, that company announced a headline timing of 1hr 51min for the journey from St Pancras to Brussels Midi. I recall commenting at the time that this was the same time as the fastest hourly trains took to get from St Pancras to Derby!

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