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Direct Lincoln to London train link begins

By This is Lincolnshire  |  Posted: December 15, 2008

The first London train arrives in Lincoln this morning

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WITH VIDEO: The long-awaited direct train link from Lincoln to London was in operation for the first time today.

The service, which runs on weekdays and Saturdays, takes almost three hours to reach the capital.

It leaves Lincoln Central Station at 7.08am, arriving at St Pancras at 10am.

The return train leaves London at 6.30pm, arriving back at 9.24pm.

Lincoln Town Crier Karen Crow welcomed passengers on to the train, along with Mayor Councillor Ron Hills.

It is estimated that about 60 people boarded the train at Lincoln.

David Maxwell of East Midlands Trains, said: "Our new timetable will bring many benefits for our whole network, including more trains on key routes, faster journey times and improved connections, but we are particularly proud to be delivering this new, direct service between Lincoln and London.

"It will also be a more relaxing journey for Lincoln passengers travelling to London for work or leisure."

Click here to see a slideshow of photos from Lincoln Central Station this morning.

For a video of this morning's train check the website later.

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    Anonymous Coward, Lincoln  |  December 16 2008, 8:51AM

    Oh I forgot to add in my previous post, my £38.50 return is FIRST CLASS, if I wanted to travel standard then it would have only cost me £25, enjoy the traffic jams car lovers :-)

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    Anonymous Coward, Lincoln  |  December 16 2008, 8:43AM

    So lets get this right Casey Jones, You drive to Stanmore in North West London then pack on a crowded tube train to get to London. (which costs about £7 return if I recall) You risk getting stuck in heavy traffic on the way to Stanmore, I doubt you can do that combination in anywhere near 3 hours! Well if you think that is a good journey then I am glad you are happy. I am going down to London in mid Jan. I already have my return ticket. Leave Lincoln at 0653 arrive at London at 08:48 (under 2 hours with 1 change). It has cost me £38.50 RETURN. I can read the paper on the train, have something to eat and relax not needing to worry about traffic, fog, rail or anything else. Think I would rather pay a couple of £ extra for that luxary. Could have used the direct service, but I don't mind changing at Newark, if I did then I would just drive to Newark instead, much less hardship.

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    Hornet, Lincoln  |  December 16 2008, 5:43AM

    Have any of you thought that this is all a ploy! A poor service is being provided to passify people in the area. When the service does not get used, it will once again be removed as it will be "no longer economically viable". I can hear it being said now!!!!!

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    bargain, not  |  December 15 2008, 11:48PM

    at 85quid a ticket just checked for tomorrow......not so sure now

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    moonhead, Skegness  |  December 15 2008, 10:39PM

    3 hrs - In 1908, the special three shilling from Kings Cross to Skegness was quicker than this.

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    chris, lincoln  |  December 15 2008, 9:21PM

    wow, awesome video - always wondered what a train might look like and now I know ;)

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    Casey Jones, Lincoln  |  December 15 2008, 8:25PM

    In answer to S Morrissey, when I drive down to London I park at Stanmore Tube Station - £1 all day parking. No congestion charge, no expensive parking meters, no problem. And I don't need to find the best part of £200 for me and my family to get down there.

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    Jethro, Interbreedcity  |  December 15 2008, 8:16PM

    Arr I be with you farmer who wants to go to London, I would pay £30 not to go, have you not seen eastenders? if you have seen one mucky soootherner with buttons sown on his cap eating jellied pigs trotter eels you have seen them all. I don't like them new finagled train things anyway, no steering wheel and the human body was never designed to go that fast, yes I will be OK then.

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    cuckoo, in your garden  |  December 15 2008, 8:10PM

    Yes train lovers, and have you paid a london cabbie lately??

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    S Morrissey, Lincoln  |  December 15 2008, 7:35PM

    Oh, and don't forget the congestion charge...