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Railwatch 081 - October 1999

Rail to plane

A new station is being planned by Midland Mainline to serve both the M1 and East Midlands Airport. The operator is conducting an environmental impact assessment and consulting with local people over what it calls a "station for the millennium". The parkway station, near Ratcliffe on Soar, where the railway crosses the A453, would be close to the M1. It could be up and running by February 2001 for park-and-ride commuters and shoppers into Nottingham, Derby and Leicester; long-distance travellers on the M1 corridor and for access to the airport by shuttle bus from the station. Residents in nearby villages are worried about traffic generation and the impact of a huge new car park in open countryside and Leicestershire branch of the Council for the Protection of Rural England is sceptical about claims that airport users would go accept a shuttle bus. It wants a rail spur into the airport. In Loughborough, assurances have been sought that there will be no reduction in the train frequency at the town station.

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