Loughborough is ideally located between Leicester, Derby and Nottingham, and is only around an hour from each of London, Birmingham and Sheffield.
With such poor and overpriced rail connectivity, however, it does not benefit from its location anywhere near as much as it could or should do. Travellers are held hostage to extortionate prices to get to towns and cities that should be within easy reach. This is detrimental to business, residents, the environment (as more people opt to drive), and to the growth of Loughborough as a town as visitors are deterred from making the trip.
On top of this, the train station is cast adrift from the rest of the town, without any meaningful bus service to get people to their trains on time. There is a regular bus shuttle from the university for students, but the vast majority of local residents face a significant walk from the town centre (where most bus services start and end), or an expensive taxi ride to the train station.
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