Trains on the East Midlands mainline to London will be able to hit a top speed of 125 mph (200kph) as a result of track work, train officials said. The £70m upgrade on 160 miles of track means the fastest journey from Nottingham to London will be reduced by eight minutes to 91 minutes. The fastest train from Sheffield to London will take two hours. The 125mph top speed will be possible on a total of 56 miles of the track on the route. [From Richard Buckby]
A £70m track upgrade will mean faster trains and reduced journey times between the East Midlands and London, according to rail spokesmen.