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Geoff Hoon opens Corby's first rail link in a generation


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Department for Transport

Geoff Hoon opens Corby's first rail link in a generation
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date
27 Apr 2009 09:31
source Department for Transport
type Press release

note DfT News Release (052) issued by COI News Distribution Service on 27 April 2009


Transport links at one of the UK's fastest growing towns have been boosted thanks to a £9 million railway station which was officially opened today by Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon.

Initial services connecting Corby with London and other regional stations began running earlier this year - more than 40 years after rail services to the town were cancelled under the Beeching cuts - but from today the town will benefit from a new hourly service to London.

Geoff Hoon said:

"Corby is one of the fastest growing towns in the UK and if this economic success is to continue good transport links are vital; I am delighted to be able to officially open this new railway station, which will provide direct services to London in just over an hour.

"The Government is committed to encouraging more passengers onto the rail network and that is why we are investing over £10 billion in enhancing capacity between now and 2014 with overall Government support totalling £15 billion."

The new station, which has been funded by Network Rail, the East Midlands Development Agency and English Partnerships, has been built to a modern design and provides full access for disabled passengers. It also has bicycle parking facilities and an adjacent car park for commuters.

Notes for editors

1. The original station was closed in April 1966 under the Beeching cuts, although the track remained open for freight and as a diversionary route for passenger trains.

2. Corby's growth meant that until the station opened it was the largest town in the UK not to be connected to the rail network. The new station opened to a limited rail service in February 2009.

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