News from East Midlands Trains

16.12.2008

Arriving TODAY at a station near you - East Midlands Trains new timetable, faster journey times, new services and more seats

Today sees the launch of East Midlands Trains brand new improved timetable.

This brings many changes for passengers and some of the biggest improvements since 1999, with more trains on key routes, faster journey times, better connections and a more regular service across the whole network. 

Highlights of the improvements are:

  • Faster journey times to London 

Passengers from Sheffield, Chesterfield, Derby, Leicester and Market Harborough will see significant improvements in journey times to London with current journey times being slashed by between 10 and 15 minutes.

  • More available seats to London
  • By better use of its fleet the company will be able to offer more seats to London where they are most needed. Nottingham, Market Harborough, Kettering and Wellingborough will all see a rise in the number of seats provided by between 700 and 2,000 more seats every weekday.
  • Sunday services on the Robin Hood Line for the first time since the 1960s:

Today, for the first time since the 1960s, trains will run on the Robin Hood Line, offering a direct link between Mansfield, Nottingham and Worksop.

  • New services linking Derby and Nottingham with Matlock and the Peak District:

Tomorrow sees East Midlands Trains doubling the number of services it runs between Derby and Matlock improving the service to hourly. In addition, all services will run through to Nottingham. Not only will this provide a much improved level of service for commuters, it will also link cities and towns in the region with the Peak District, helping to stimulate tourism in Derbyshire.

  • More trains between Nottingham and Derby

The new Derby/Nottingham – Matlock service will see an increase in the number of trains between the two cities.

  • Later trains
  • Our new timetable will see us providing later trains on routes from London, Nottingham and Leicester. Offering more opportunities for night owls to spend a night on the tiles!
  • The first direct service from Lincoln to London

From tomorrow morning this brand new service will provide a direct train between Lincoln and London on weekdays and Saturdays.  It will leave Lincoln at 07.08, arriving into the capital at 10.00, and return at 18.30, arriving back into Lincoln at 21.24. This service will also call at Collingham and Newark.

Commenting, Tim Shoveller, Managing Director of East Midlands Trains said: “It’s a proud day for us all at East Midlands Trains. Since the launch of our company we have all been working towards delivering this new timetable. Today sees the dawn of a brand new era for everyone who travels with us.

“I believe this timetable is essential in helping East Midlands Trains continue to grow. It provides us with more opportunities and increased capacity on our route, enabling us to encourage more people to make rail their first choice for travel and in turn allowing us to reinvest in the railway. During our franchise we are pumping around £90m on fleet, depots and stations. Our new timetable will be pivotal to these improvements.”

Copies of the new timetable are available at East Midlands Trains’ stations and on the website, eastmidlandstrains.co.uk. Passengers can also register to receive their own personalised timetable by visiting eastmidlandstrains.co.uk/myjourneys.