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Atatürk
Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 2:34:13 PM

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Press 1 for a recorded update on all Connex trains into London.

Why is it "into", but not "to"?

What's the difference?
foolofgrace
Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 4:52:00 PM

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Perhaps because they are updating people on the train as it enters London proper; if they said "trains to London", that covers a lot more ground, there being many stops before the train hits London. Just my guess.
thar
Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 5:15:32 PM

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London is not a station.
You can talk about 'trains to Crewe' if there is only one station. But there are lots of stations in London where trains terminate, because originally each train company had one London station as its terminus.
Eg the GWR (Great Western Railway) at Paddington, the LMS (London Midland and Scottish) at Euston, the LNER (London North-Eastern Railway) at King's Cross which is only five minute's walk away from Euston, - and the Midland Railway at St Pancreas which is so close it is now combined with King's Cross!


From the south of London the situation is more complex.
Eg
Quote:
Connex South Eastern ran passenger services from London Blackfriars, London Bridge, London Cannon Street, London Charing Cross and London Victoria



As well as the terminus, there are all the stops that are in London, but not the final destination. It is the direction of the service that is important.

So there are trains heading into London and out of London.
Eg
Atatürk
Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 6:50:00 PM

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Thar, how can you be so knowledgeable?
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