Currently, there is just one service per hour on this route, taking 79 minutes. We're planning to double the frequency of trains to two per hour, with the potential to increase passenger demand by 72% to 350,000 users a year by 2037. Doing so could provide an alternative to the congested A50 and M6.
It could also be possible to reduce journey times by 20 minutes with changes to calling patterns on this additional service.
Investing in this corridor can also improve links to HS2 services at Crewe for people in north Staffordshire and the East Midlands.
The new franchise holder Abellio is already proposing an extension to services on this corridor to Nottingham, which will be included in our own corridor study.
Increased passenger demand by 2037 following improvements
Journey time saving
Sajeeda Rose, CEO of D2N2 LEP