Nottingham’s railway is undergoing its biggest transformation in a generation. A major improvement scheme is currently ongoing to redevelop Nottingham station into a world-class transport hub, and Network Rail will shortly begin work on a £100 million project to rebuild the rail infrastructure around the city. This scheme will help to future-proof Nottingham’s railway for the increasing number of passengers and deliver improved reliability.
As a result of the major work being carried out by Network Rail during the summer, there will be significant changes to East Midlands Trains services on routes to and from Nottingham between Saturday 20 July and Sunday 25 August.
From 11 April, timetables for all the affected routes will be available to download at eastmidlandstrains.co.uk/nottingham, along with advice and information for passengers travelling to and from Nottingham over the summer.
David Horne, Managing Director for East Midlands Trains, said: “This is a significant scheme for Nottingham and one that will create a better, more reliable railway for passengers.
“The number of passengers travelling on our services during the summer months is generally quieter than other times of the year. However we recognise that many passengers do use our services to travel between Nottingham and Skegness over the summer holidays, and we have worked hard to maintain the best possible service for our passengers on this route and to keep them on the move throughout the summer.
“Train services will continue to run between Grantham and Skegness and Newark Castle to Lincoln at all times. In addition, on 23 out of the 37 days of Network Rail’s re-signalling work, we will be able to run direct train services from Nottingham to Skegness.
“The publication of the timetable today marks a significant step forward in the project and should provide passengers with all the information they need to plan their travel well in advance of the summer.
“Our advice for passengers is to be prepared and check in advance of travel at eastmidlandstrains.co.uk/nottingham.”
Justin Page, Acting Route Managing Director for Network Rail, said: “We’re spending £100m to completely rebuild the railway through Nottingham.
“It is the biggest development on the network in this area for a generation and will transform the reliability of services and the flexibility of the station.
“We’re using modern equipment to replace 1960s-style signalling, putting in a new platform and relaying six miles of track, to make a real difference to the way trains run in the city.
“There will inevitably be some short term disruption during an investment of this scale and I sincerely apologise for any inconvenience that this will cause, but this about investing for future generations in the heart of the East Midlands.”
Summary of services to/from Nottingham to Skegness and Lincoln from Saturday 20 July to Sunday 25 August:
· Nottingham to Lincoln
Train services will continue to run from Newark Castle to Lincoln throughout the re-signalling work.
From Saturday 20 July to Friday 9 August and on the weekend of 24/25 August, connecting bus services will run between Newark Castle and Nottingham, with an hourly bus service from Rolleston, Fiskerton, Bleasby, Thurgaton, Lowdham, Burton Joyce and Carlton to Nottingham.
From 10 August to 23 August, trains will be running between Nottingham and Lincoln (between 0800-2000). Services will follow the normal calling patterns with slightly extended journey times.
There will also be an hourly express bus service between Newark and East Midlands Parkway, connecting to services to Leicester and beyond throughout the re-signalling work.
Stations affected: Carlton, Burton Joyce, Lowdham, Thurgaton, Bleasby, Fiskerton, Rolleston
· Nottingham to Skegness
Train services will continue to run between Grantham and Skegness at all times.
Direct train services will also be running between Nottingham and Skegness on the following days (between 0800-2000):
Monday 22 July to Friday 26 July
Monday 12 August to Friday 23 August
Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July
Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July
Saturday 10 August and Sunday 11 August
Saturday 17 August and Sunday 18 August
At all other times, an hourly bus service will run between Nottingham and Grantham with an hourly train service connecting at Grantham for services through to Skegness. There will also be an hourly express bus service from Grantham to East Midlands Parkway throughout the day to connect in with services to Leicester/Liverpool and Norwich.