At last the East Midlands routes will typically get an hourly service. (Well in 2 years time) It will also be getting rid of the 153. But which is actually the biggest killer of demand. Timetable. Most of the routes in Lincolnshire are currently unusable for commuters. Grimsby, Doncaster and Peterborough lines can’t realistically be used for travelling to work. Even for leisure many gaps larger than 2 hours make it unattractive if you have access to a car. 153s Many routes such as Derby - Crewe, Grimsby - Newark are operated by 153s which often leave passengers behind. You don’t want growth because the railway is full. With both changing do people expect decent levels of growth on these routes? The timetable hasn’t altered much since the 1990s. Optimisation to ECML services unimportant. I have wondered if the reluctance to improve the timetable is because the 153s can’t cope with any growth. It is off for example after such a large investment the Spalding - Sleaford service is still only running for such a short time. Interested in views. Will the hourly timetable kick start growth, or will the hourly service be carting around a lot of fresh air?