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East Midlands Trains customers are set to benefit from new direct Saturday services between Matlock and Newark Castle with the launch of the new timetable. From Saturday 21 May, an hourly service will run from stations on the Matlock route through to Newark Castle via Nottingham.
Customers travelling between Nottingham and Newark Castle will also see improvements with the launch of the new timetable, which will offer almost double the existing number of services with a train every half an hour for the majority of the day. The new timetable will also offer direct Saturday services between Newark Castle and stations to Matlock for the first time, providing new summer day trip opportunities for customers. Services from Newark Castle will run hourly direct to Duffield, Belper, Ambergate, Whatstandwell, Cromford, Matlock Bath and Matlock.
There will also be extra services in Lincoln and Nottingham from Fiskerton, Carlton, Hykeham and Collingham providing much improved connections for customers for shopping, work and day trips.
The increase in Saturday services follows on from the launch of extra weekday services on this route in May 2015 as the result of a successful partnership with the Department for Transport, Nottinghamshire County Council, Lincolnshire County Council, Nottingham City Council, City of Lincoln Council, Newark & Sherwood District Council, Newark Business Club, North Kesteven District Council, Gedling Borough Council as well as the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership and the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership.
The latest changes come on the back of a £13million customer investment programme East Midlands Trains has agreed with the Department for Transport that also delivers improved services, cleaner stations and trains, better information and new technology.
As part of the agreement, East Midlands Trains had committed to improve Saturday services by December 2016, however with the support of local stakeholders, East Midlands Trains has brought that forward by seven months so customers get to benefit from the improvements earlier than planned.
Sarah Turner, General Manager for East Midlands Trains, said: “It’s great news that our customers travelling on the route between Matlock and Newark Castle are going to benefit from direct Saturday services for the first time.“The improved weekday timetable we launched last May has been a great success and is already delivering a massively improved service for our customers. Saturday is a popular day for travel with daytrippers, shoppers and of course, people who need to work, and we are confident our new services will make a big difference across all of our local communities.
“We also need to pass on thanks to our partners in the Nottingham Lincoln Stakeholder Board for helping us to introduce these services seven months ahead of schedule. This is a great example of outstanding teamwork across a range of organisations to make a real difference and improvement in service for our customers.”
The new May timetable will launch on Sunday 15 May and the first day of improved Saturday services will be Saturday 21 May. For more information or to download a timetable, visit eastmidlandstrains.co.uk.