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Old August 19th, 2019, 04:08 PM   #2001
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I'd prefer a GPS guided trambus/trackless tram. You only have to paint guiding lines and the bus can go off-plan if needed.
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Old August 21st, 2019, 06:04 PM   #2002
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No new news:
Leicester has worse rail connections than any other major UK city and worse connections than a village in Cornwall:

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/n...ervice-3234414

Well it’s a 50 year old problem for which there is no quick fix. The reopening of the Burton to Leicester line would help, as would the direct link to Coventry. HS2 will have hardly be beneficial to the city.

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Old August 21st, 2019, 07:51 PM   #2003
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It's damming to think that arguably the most central city has the worst train connections.

Leicester also has the fewest train stations per head of population too. The contrast is so stark, that there are places that have well over 200 times as many train stations per head.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-eng...shire-37212969

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It's damming to think that arguably the most central city has the worst train connections.

Leicester also has the fewest train stations per head of population too. The contrast is so stark, that there are places that have well over 200 times as many train stations per head.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-eng...shire-37212969
And is the most expensive station to travel from
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Old August 22nd, 2019, 09:42 AM   #2005
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Hasnt leeds got the same problem?
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Old August 22nd, 2019, 11:35 AM   #2006
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No new news:
Leicester has worse rail connections than any other major UK city and worse connections than a village in Cornwall:

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/n...ervice-3234414

Well itís a 50 year old problem for which there is no quick fix. The reopening of the Burton to Leicester line would help, as would the direct link to Coventry. HS2 will have hardly be beneficial to the city.

Thanks Beeching.
Leicester was always going to score low in an algorithm that includes tram services are direct links to to the nearest airport.

I think the solution is to cancel MML eletrification and for HS2 to bypass Leicester and EMA. Oh...
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Old August 22nd, 2019, 11:50 AM   #2007
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It's damming to think that arguably the most central city has the worst train connections.

Leicester also has the fewest train stations per head of population too. The contrast is so stark, that there are places that have well over 200 times as many train stations per head.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-eng...shire-37212969
The logic isn't very robust here. I'm assuming Nottingham scores better than Leicester because of the extra train station at Carlton? But isn't there another one in Bulwell. What population figures has been used for Nottingham?

Leicester doesn't include Wigston Station. Even though Carlton and Wigston are both 3.7 miles from the corresponding main station. The old city boundary debate.

I'm only comparing Leicester to Nottingham, because I know a bit about the latter. I think Leicester has 6 train stations in its urban area and Nottingham has 9 (I think). Leicester really does need the Ivanhoe to reopen to complete its local train provision.
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Old August 22nd, 2019, 11:55 AM   #2008
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I'm surprised there's no direct rail link between Leicester and Coventry.
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Old August 22nd, 2019, 12:19 PM   #2009
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There was a direct link until 2004, due to WCML modernisation.

Leaving Leicester and Coventry as the two biggest UK cities without a direct rail link.

Wouldn't restoring the link be very expensive. Either a tunnel or overhead crossing will be needed - as a flat crossing of the WCML would require trains to reverse at reduce the time benefit? Unless Nuneaton is bypassed.
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Old August 22nd, 2019, 04:16 PM   #2010
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I'm surprised there's no direct rail link between Leicester and Coventry.
This is another must, i think there putting in. Spur line to enable this in the future. Also we could do with a direct link to Birmingham Airport
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Old August 28th, 2019, 03:50 PM   #2011
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Proposed ‘electric buggies’ for city centre (like airports):

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/n...-could-3254207
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Old August 29th, 2019, 12:28 AM   #2012
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Would be a lot easier to put in than trams and we can get rid of them easily when we run out of funding.
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Old August 29th, 2019, 10:52 AM   #2013
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It’s not exactly ‘mass transit’
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Old November 9th, 2019, 01:26 AM   #2014
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Work on the new link road between Belgrave Gate and Mansfield Street is to begin on Monday 11th November. It will be called ‘Savoy Street’ after the original name of the cinema that stood there:

https://news.leicester.gov.uk/news-a...ute-for-buses/
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Old November 11th, 2019, 10:49 AM   #2015
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With all the nearby fast-food places; Saveloy Street would have been better.
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(Forgive me but) look at a city like Wolverhampton. Direct, regular rail services to: Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Coventry, Bristol and Southampton, with peak services to Cardiff.

But no connection to Sheffield, Leeds, Nottingham, Derby or Leicester...

Leicester and Wolves are very similar in thier geographical position. Wolves is on a mainline from London to the North-West; Leicester is on a mainline from London to the North-East. (I say a mainline because neither are strictly on the WCML or ECML)

I mean, Wolves could have rail links to Nottingham, and Leicester could have rail links to Manchester. But the fact they don't is surely just because of their locations.

By all means push for it though.

As a country we generally suck at East-West connections (obviously, because they wouldn't start or end in London...).

IMO the most ridiculous lack of service is Leicester to Norwich. In fact there should be a Shrewsbury - Wolverhampton - Walsall - Tamworth - Leicester - Peterborough - Norwich service.
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Dont know if this has been posted already, but isnt the new london road layout change with bus lane and now 1 car lane only causing more traffic? It feels like its constantly gridlicked near station throat entrance.
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Dont know if this has been posted already, but isnt the new london road layout change with bus lane and now 1 car lane only causing more traffic? It feels like its constantly gridlicked near station throat entrance.
Outbound the 2 lanes are really one as the outer lane is parking and could cause an accident. Similarly to what happened at Welford Road near Bannetyneís Gym. Itís a weird design.
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Old November 19th, 2019, 12:09 AM   #2019
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Outbound the 2 lanes are really one as the outer lane is parking and could cause an accident. Similarly to what happened at Welford Road near Bannetyneís Gym. Itís a weird design.
Its a shambles really, there s hi ould really be no parking on london road until after 6.30pm, its a nightmare at busy times
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Outbound the 2 lanes are really one as the outer lane is parking and could cause an accident. Similarly to what happened at Welford Road near Bannetyneís Gym. Itís a weird design.
That's been the case for a long time, even before the recent works (in both directions). The sooner they implement and enforce a no parking order during peak hours, the better.

The configuration directly outside of the station is a nightmare though. They really need to move the taxi rank and pick-up/drop-off point as soon as they can; they've made the effects of this 10x worse with this re-design.
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