Railways in Small Towns

We often like to think of big cities such as London and Manchester as the hub of railway services. And whilst they may be, small towns such as Braintree and Corby also have much to boast about too.

To get to your Braintree hotel, the town has two main railway stations: Braintree and the Braintree Freeport located near the Freeport shopping area. Trains usually depart too Witham where you can change over to the Great Eastern Main Line to get to London Liverpool Street, and these services usually run hourly every day. The line did used to carry on westwards through the village of Rayne, to Great Dunmow, but this section of the route has been closed for decades now and just become a country walk route known as Flitch Way.

Corby used to be known as the biggest town in the whole of the UK not to have a railway station within five miles. It used to be the case that the nearest station would be Kettering which was seven miles south of the town. This section was open for trains and freight, whilst Corby Tunnel would be used to cross the River Welland on the l 82-arch Welland Viaduct. However this all changed in February 2009 when the new station was built. East Midlands Trains now run hourly services to London St Pancras via Wellingborough and Kettering, whilst services do run north to Melton Mowbray and Oakham on peak times. There is also a ‘Corby Rail Bus’, the X1 service, which runs to Kettering and operated by Stagecoach, but if numbers fall after the running of the trains, the service may be terminated in the near future. Many who have now booked into one of the hotels in Corby will no longer worry about how they may have to get in or out of the town with this amazing spanking new station which provides hourly services.

In this technological age, as we all become more connected, comes the demand for transport links to be tighter. And these towns exemplify this perfectly.

March 22, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Travel


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