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East Midlands Trains customers travelling on the route between Nottingham and Lincoln are set to benefit from faster, more frequent Saturday train services starting on 21 May.
There will be an extra 25 train services every Saturday running between Nottingham and Newark Castle, almost doubling the existing number of services with a train every half an hour for the majority of the day. The majority of services from Nottingham to Lincoln will be around three minutes faster than today with the fastest journey time just 47 minutes compared to the current 51 minutes.
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 to 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 trains 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.
Rail Minister Claire Perry said: “This is fantastic news for passengers travelling between Lincoln and Nottingham, and I am pleased to see that our £13 million investment in the East Midlands franchise is delivering better journeys for passengers well ahead of schedule.
“This is another example of the work happening to transform the UK’s railways through record levels of investment, delivering better journeys for passengers, communities and businesses.”
Sarah Turner, General Manager for East Midlands Trains, said: “It’s great news that our customers travelling on the route between Nottingham and Lincoln are going to benefit from extra services and faster trains.
“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.