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East Midland Trains
Member Name: milly234
East Midland Trains
Advantages: fast, cheap
I recently went to london for the weekend as I am sure you will be able to tell by the theme of my latest reviews, we were going to drive and park outide of london to get an overland in, but when we looked at trains they were actually quite cheap. Living in Nottingham we went using East Midlands trains and it was very easy.
We booked on the trainline website, picked the tickets up from a different station and with railcards, we paid £43 for both o us return to london. We obviously picked the cheapest times but this wasn't bad for a bank holiday weekend.
The train we had to get first was 10 minutes late and we were worried we were going to miss our connecting train, and the prebooked tickets are only for the spcified trains. The ticket man on the train was so so helpful though, couldn't hav praised him more highly. He helped us, tol us where were needed to go for the next train, wrote on our tickets incase we did miss it and had problems, and when the train had made up some of the time, he came back and told us we would probably be fine. What a brill guy.
The trains were clean and fast, I think we got into london in about 2 and a half hours with a fw chanes so that wasn't bad. The changes also were only at max 15 minutes to wait in the stations which was good too.
We got straight into London st Pancras right on time and on the way back, east midlands trains were very well signposted which is brill in such a massive busy station like St Pancras.
The seat reservations we had made were good, no one was in our seats and they were checked along with our tickets. It was nice to have seats reserved (and also free to do this) as I wouldn't have wanted to stand the whole way!
The toilets on the trains were ok, standard for trains really but they were clean and tidy and well stocked with things like loo roll and paper towels. The train down to London also had a buffet car but we didn't look at it as we allready had food with us.
On the trains were a few magazines about the local areas the service goes to which was alright but I only looked at it because I was really bored and my boyfriend was asleep!
I think this service is pretty good, easy to use and fast and efficient with good staff, I would use them again for sure.
Summary: good trains
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