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· Four extra train services from Sunday 21 May
· First train now two hours earlier to and from Matlock
· Extra afternoon service between Nottingham, Derby and Matlock
· 18 train services will now run every Sunday on the Derwent Valley Line
Four extra Sunday train services will be introduced on the Derwent Valley Line on Sunday 21 May by East Midlands Trains.
The new early morning services will provide passengers with more options for getting to work on a Sunday morning or to make an earlier start to Sunday shopping in Derby and Nottingham. These services will also provide the option of making earlier train connections at Derby enabling morning coffee to be enjoyed in Birmingham or Sunday lunch in London. The new morning services will depart Derby at 0756, Belper at 0808 arriving Matlock at 0830, returning from Matlock at 0838, Belper at 0900 arriving Derby at 0912 and continuing to Nottingham, arriving at 0941.
Additional afternoon services will provide extra journey options to return from the shops on Sunday or after a day out in the Derwent Valley. An existing afternoon train departing Nottingham at 1623, arriving at Derby at 1656 will continue to Belper at 1709 arriving Matlock at 1730, returning from Matlock at 1742 and Belper at 1805, arriving Derby at 1816 and continuing to Nottingham, arriving at 1845.
Lawrence Bowman, Commercial Director for East Midlands Trains said: “I am delighted that we will very soon be introducing earlier and more frequent Sunday services on the Derwent Valley Line.
"The new Sunday timetable will be a real boost for the region as a whole and particularly for the communities and businesses along the route."
Councillor Irene Ratcliffe, Chair of the Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership said: “I am really pleased with these extra services as improving the Sunday train service has been a priority for the Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership. These extra Sunday train services are great news, offering visitors more options to come and enjoy the wonderful Derwent Valley and enabling local people to get to Derby and Nottingham much earlier, which is especially vital for people who work on a Sunday.”
These extra services will be part of a total of 18 trains operating on the Derwent Valley Line on Sundays serving all stations between Derby and Matlock with all but 2 trains running to and from Nottingham.
Full details of the improved Sunday train service are featured in the new Derwent Valley Line leaflet produced by the Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership. The leaflet has many ideas for days out in the Derwent Valley and includes discounts for train passengers at attractions along the line. The Derwent Valley Line leaflet is available from Tourist Information Centres, local staffed stations, by phoning 01629 538062 or is available at www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk/derwentvalleyline