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Network Rail has advised that the railway line between Nottingham and Newark is likely to remain closed for the rest of the week following the derailment of a DB Shenker freight train in the Carlton area.
As a result, East Midlands Trains is unable to operate train services between Nottingham and Newark and has instead put in place bus replacement services for passengers travelling between those locations.
A bus replacement service will continue to operate between Nottingham and Lincoln for the remainder of today. There is also a limited train service operating between Lincoln and Newark Northgate.
From tomorrow (Wednesday 28 August), the following arrangements will be in place:
- Trains will run between Lincoln and Newark Northgate. (Please note, services that would usually operate between Lincoln and Newark Castle will instead operate between Lincoln and Newark Northgate).
- Buses will run between Lincoln and Nottingham in both directions calling at Newark Castle & Newark Northgate.
- Buses will run between Nottingham and Newark Northgate in both directions calling at Newark Castle, Rolleston, Fiskerton, Bleasby, Thurgarton, Lowdham, Burton Joyce and Carlton.
Customers are advised to check for service updates before travelling and to allow extra time for their journeys.
This arrangement is likely to remain in place for the rest of the week as Network Rail engineers work to repair damage to the track and the level crossing at Stoke Lane.
A Network Rail spokesman said: "We apologise that services between Nottingham and Newark are likely to remain suspended for the rest of the week while we deal with this incident. Around 1,000 metres of track needs to be replaced. We are also working with a third party who has been working near Stoke Lane crossing to understand the extent of the damage and plan a repair there. We will do everything possible to re-open the railway as quickly as possible."
A spokeswoman for East Midlands Trains said: "We would like to apologise to customers affected by this disruption and thank them for their patience. We have put a plan in place to ensure our passengers can continue to get to where they need to be and our staff will be on hand to assist customers with information. While we expect these arrangements to remain in place over the coming days, we would still advise that customers check for the latest service updates before travelling. As soon as the necessary repair work is carried out by Network Rail we will return services to normal as quickly as possible."
For further information visit www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk or follow @EMTrains on Twitter