Posted 26th January 2009 | 3 Comments
Britain’s ‘greenest’ mainline station opened by Hoon
Geoff Hoon performing the opening ceremony, with Tim Shoveller (right), Managing Director of East Midlands Trains, applauding.
BRITAIN’S newest, greenest mainline rail station was opened today by Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon.
He travelled on an East Midlands Trains’ Meridian from Long Eaton, Notts, near his home, to East Midlands Parkway, which has been built one mile from junction 24 of the M1 motorway and next to the A453 that connects Nottingham, to the M1 and East Midlands Airport.
The station, which is now served by 100 trains day, aims to get people off the M1, out of their cars, and on to trains. Journey time to London St Pancras is about 90 minutes.
The multi million pound station, owned by Network Rail and managed by East Midlands Trains, is one of the greenest ever built, said Dyan Crowther, Network Rail’s route director.
It uses new technology to minimise its impact on the local environment, including a geo-thermal heating system as well as locally sourced and recycled materials.
East Midlands Parkway, situated just off the A453 at Ratcliffe-on-Soar, comprises four platforms, step free access, a station building with ticket office and other facilities, staffed and managed by East Midlands Trains as well as 850 car parking spaces—which at present are free.
There is also a regular shuttle bus service between the station and the East Midlands Airport passenger terminal.
One of the funders of the new station was the East Midlands Development Agency whose Deputy Chairman Steve Brown, said: “Good transport connectivity is important to create a successful economy and flourishing region, which is why EMDA has invested in East Midlands Parkway.
“The new station is an excellent example of what can be achieved through sustainable design and high environmental standards and will help support regional growth.”
• East Midlands Trains is owned by Stagecoach, whose chief executive Brian Souter announced that his group is introducing a new MegabusPlus service. This will transport passengers from town and cities in the North to East Midlands Parkway, where they will complete their journeys south by train. Fare for the combined coach and train journeys swill start from just £1, he said.
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