World Cup referee Howard Webb was due at Sheffield Railway Station today to help promote new faster trains between the city and London.
Webb, who is also a serving police officer in South Yorkshire, was asked to launch a new timetable to London today, which will see journeys reduced by six minutes.
Network Rail has spent £70 million upgrading almost 160 miles of track, with trains now able to run at 125mph on parts of the Midland Main Line for the first time ever.
It means that the fastest journey time from Sheffield to London will now be just two hours and one minute.
Webb was due to be joined by Clare Burles, human resources director of East Midlands Trains and Julie Hurley, interim director of strategy for the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive.
Councillor Leigh Bramall, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for business, skills and development, was also due to attend today’s official ceremony at 8.10am, with the first fast train due to depart at 8.29am.