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