Leicester is the worst-connected massive metropolis in Britain by way of rail hyperlinks. 

Analysis by The Unbiased exhibits that the East Midlands metropolis has a narrower vary of prepare providers than a village in Cornwall.

Every of the 12 largest cities exterior London was evaluated on 4 standards.

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First, from that metropolis how most of the different 11 are served by common direct rail hyperlinks?

Subsequent, the variety of quick prepare departures every hour from town to London.

Whether or not there’s direct entry from town’s foremost rail station to a tram or metro community?

And whether or not there’s a connection to the closest airport? One level was awarded for a prepare, metro or tram, and half for a bus hyperlink.

Whereas Leicester has three nonstop trains an hour to London, to main cities exterior the capital it has common direct hyperlinks solely to Birmingham, Nottingham and Sheffield. There are three every day trains to Leeds, however they’re of little use to travellers as the primary doesn’t depart till shortly earlier than 8pm.

The town is on the East Midlands line from London St Pancras to South Yorkshire, however has lengthy misplaced its wider connections.

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Leicester was, paradoxically, the unique headquarters for the pioneer of organised rail journey, Thomas Cook dinner. A statue of the founding father of the tourism empire stands adjoining to town’s station.

Nicky Gardner, co-author of Europe by Rail, stated: “Previous to the Beeching cuts within the 1960s, Leicester had a number of direct every day trains to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool.

“The downgrading of the Midland foremost line curbed Leicester’s connectivity, with the closure of the Nice Central additional depleting the departure lists.”

Scott Knowles, chief government of East Midlands Chamber, stated: “Rail hyperlinks are an important aspect of the regional transport infrastructure.

“As main contributors to the UK financial system, and being situated within the coronary heart of the nation, Leicester wants and deserves the absolute best transport hyperlinks.

“By the federal government’s personal figures, for a few years the east midlands has acquired solely 60 per cent of the nationwide common per head on the subject of infrastructure funding.

“This has to alter if Leicester and the broader area is to grasp its unbelievable potential.“

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The small Cornish village of Par now has higher connections than Leicester – despite the fact that it has solely one-200th of the inhabitants.

Passengers from Par, a small station inland from Fowey, take pleasure in hourly quick providers to London and direct connections to seven of the 12 largest cities exterior the capital. A sleeper prepare runs six nights per week to Paddington.

Cardiff is the second-worst related massive metropolis in Britain. It scores general as badly as Leicester, however has extra common quick trains and direct hyperlinks to a wider vary of cities exterior London: Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham.

As well as, a brand new prepare operator, Grand Union, plans an additional hourly service to London that might enhance the exhibiting for the Welsh capital.

Birmingham has by far the perfect hyperlinks by rail of any metropolis exterior London, with direct connections from New Road station to all 11 of the opposite massive cities (in addition to Par in Cornwall).

It additionally has three Virgin Trains departures every hour to London Euston, along with half-hourly departures from Snow Hill to Marylebone station within the capital.

There are frequent trains to Birmingham Worldwide for town’s airport, and the West Midlands Metro now stops exterior New Road.

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Manchester was a long way behind in second place. It additionally has three Virgin Trains every hour to London, although no reference to Leicester. However it earnt factors for an airport hyperlink and entry to the tram community.

Newcastle and Edinburgh share third place. The Scottish capital fared significantly better than Glasgow, in joint ninth place with Liverpool, as a result of Edinburgh has extra frequent trains to London, and quick entry at Haymarket station to the tram line – together with a direct hyperlink to the airport.

Sheffield is fifth, with Bristol and Leeds sharing sixth place. Nottingham takes eighth place.

Liverpool and Glasgow can each declare that they need to have scored extra extremely: a direct hyperlink between the 2 cities was attributable to begin in 2018 however has but to start. 

The very best related station in London is St Pancras, which within the 1960s was a candidate for demolition.

Apart from its authentic function because the terminus for the East Midlands foremost line, St Pancras additionally affords high-speed Southeastern providers to Kent, Eurostar hyperlinks to Paris, Brussels and the south of France, and Thameslink trains to Cambridge, Brighton and the airport stations for Gatwick and Luton.

When mixed with King’s Cross, to which St Pancras is adjoining, the pair comprise by far the perfect rail hub in Britain.

The 12 cities and their scores

1. Birmingham (18)

2. Manchester (15)

3. = Edinburgh (12)

3. = Newcastle (12)

5. Sheffield (11)

6. = Bristol (10.5) 

6. = Leeds (10.5)

8. Nottingham (9.5)

9. = Liverpool (8.5)

9. = Glasgow (8.5)

11. Cardiff (6.5)

12. Leicester (6.5)