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New railway access opened for East Midlands Airport

Sunday 15 Feb 2009 8:58am

A new railway station has been opened at East Midlands Airport that is expected to bring benefits for both passengers and the environment as travellers to and from the airport have easier access to the hub. The Transport secretary Geoff Hoon opened the station last month as part of an initiative to reduce the airport's carbon footprint, encouraging the use of trains rather than cars. The new station, called East Midlands Parkway, will be served by more than 100 trains every day, including by up to four services an hour to London. Mr Hoon said that the new rail link provides easy access to East Midlands Airport from anywhere on the national rail network and creates a 'brand new regional link' with London. Mr Hoon added: 'We want to encourage more people to use public transport to ease congestion on our roads and one of the best ways of doing this is to offer more choice, which is exactly what this new station does. ' A dedicated shuttle bus service between the train station and airport will operate every half hour between 07:00 and 23:30 GMT. East Midlands Airport is served by airlines such as Bmi, Eastern Airways and bmibaby, which fly to destinations including Brussels, Aberdeen and Nice.

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