Coming soon: Stadler BMU No 755409 on test at Norwich on 17 April 2019. Philip Sherratt

To Norwich via the Great Eastern main line. This route bears many comparisons with my own London link, the Midland main line – not quite in the Premier League of inter-city routes and often viewed as a Cinderella line; a moderate end-to-end distance (114½ miles from London to Norwich, just a little more than St Pancras to Loughborough); ambitions to speed up journeys. Following the recent East Midlands franchise announcement, to that we can also add new trains, although as an adopted Midlander I look on jealously at a fully electrified route.

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