News from East Midlands Trains


Easter Travel On East Midlands Trains


  • Normal service to run on majority of routes for most of the Easter weekend
  • Services expected to be busy due to major work on the West Coast main line
  • Passengers advised to book ahead of travel and check train times at

East Midlands Trains has issued advice for passengers planning to travel on its services over the Easter break.

The vast majority of services will continue to run as normal over the Easter weekend and there will be no major works affecting East Midlands Trains services to and from London. However, there will be some changes to the timetable on some routes and passengers are advised to check before travel at

A virtually normal service will operate on all trains to/from London St Pancras International over the weekend.  Services between Nottingham and Skegness, Nottingham to Matlock, Nottingham to Worksop and Nottingham to Lincoln will run as normal.

Major engineering works on the West Coast mainline into London Euston from Friday 3 to Monday 6 April means that East Midlands Trains services to and from London, between Crewe and Derby and from Liverpool to Sheffield/Nottingham are likely to be much busier than normal as passengers are diverted from the West Coast.

The following changes will be in place for East Midlands Trains passengers:

Services to/from London St Pancras International

  • All services to and from London will run as normal on Good Friday (3 April) and Easter Saturday (4 April) and Easter Monday (6 April).   
  • On Easter Sunday (5 March), most Southbound services to London St Pancras International during the day will depart earlier and will have longer journey times.   

Services between Derby and Crewe (Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 April)

  • On Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 April, services between Derby and Crewe will start and terminate at Kidsgrove and alternative bus services will run between Stoke-on-Trent and Crewe.   
  • There will also be some small changes to early morning and late evening services over the weekend and passengers are advised to check the timetable before travel.
  • Services will run as normal throughout the majority of the day on Friday 3 April and Monday 6 April.

Services between Peterborough and Doncaster (Saturday 4 and Monday 6 April)

  • On Saturday 4 and Monday 6 April, services will operate separately between Doncaster-Sleaford and Spalding-Peterborough. Rail replacement buses will operate between Sleaford and Spalding.

Services between Liverpool and Norwich (Sunday 5 April)

  • On Sunday 5 April, all Liverpool-Norwich services will start/terminate at Peterborough.
  • An Express bus service will operate between Peterborough and Norwich, and a shuttle train service will run between Norwich-Ely.
  • Services will run as normal on Friday 3, Saturday 4 and Monday 6 April.


Amended timetable information for Good Friday 03 April 2015 is available by clicking here.

Amended timetable for Saturday 04 April to  Easter Monday 06 April is available by clicking here.


Neil Micklethwaite, Customer Service and Commercial Director for East Midlands Trains, said: “We know that people will be using our train services to travel around and visit friends and family over Easter.

 “The vast majority of our services will continue to run during this time but there are some alterations to our usual timetable so I would encourage everyone to double check before travelling and book their tickets ahead of travel wherever possible. We also know from experience that over the busy bank holidays some passengers may need extra assistance with their travel and we’d recommend that anybody needing to use our assisted travel service speaks to us in advance.

“Passengers travelling on some of our routes over the weekend should also keep in mind that major engineering works on the West Coast main line into London Euston will mean our trains are much busier than usual.”

East Midlands Trains provides assistance with travel through its stations as well as assistance with boarding and exiting trains.  This service is available for people with disabilities and restricted mobility or access needs.  To book assistance or reserve a wheelchair space, call 03457 125 678 or visit at least 24 hours ahead of travel.

For further information about how the improvement work on the West Coast Mainline between Watford and London Euston may affect your journey click here