News from East Midlands Trains


Improved timetable means faster journey times to London from Sheffield, Chesterfield, Derby, Leicester and Market Harborough

East Midlands Trains will be introducing a new timetable on 14 December 2008, which will bring many changes for all passengers on its network.

The new timetable will offer some of the biggest improvements since 1999, with more trains on key routes, faster journey times, better connections and a more regular service across the whole network. 

Highlights of the improvements are:

  • Faster journey times to London:

Passengers from Sheffield, Chesterfield, Derby, Leicester and Market Harborough will see significant improvements in journey times to London with current times being slashed by between 10 and 15 minutes.

  • More available seats to London:

By better use of its fleet, the company will be able to offer more seats to London where they are most needed. Nottingham, Market Harborough, Kettering and Wellingborough will all see a rise in the number of seats provided by between 700 and 2,000 more seats every weekday.

  • Sunday services on the Robin Hood Line for the first time since the 1960s:

For the first time since the 1960s, trains will run on a Sunday on the Robin Hood Line, offering a direct link between Mansfield, Nottingham and Worksop. This is a result of a partnership with local authorities, including Nottinghamshire County Council, who have long campaigned for this new service.

  • New services linking Derby and Nottingham with Matlock and the Peak District:

East Midlands Trains will be doubling the number of services it runs between Derby and Matlock improving the service to hourly. In addition, all services will run through to Nottingham. Not only will this provide a much improved level of service for commuters, it will also link cities and towns in the region with the Peak District, helping to stimulate tourism in Derbyshire.

  • More trains between Nottingham and Derby:

The new Derby/Nottingham – Matlock service will see an increase in the number of trains between the two cities.

  • Later trains
  • Our new timetable will see us providing later trains on routes from London, Nottingham and Leicester. Offering more opportunities for night owls to spend a night on the tiles!
  • The first direct service from Lincoln to London

This brand new service will provide a direct train between Lincoln and London on weekdays and Saturdays. It will leave Lincoln at 0708, arriving into the capital at 1000, and return at 1830, arriving back into Lincoln at 2124. This service will also call at Collingham and Newark.

Commenting, Tim Shoveller, Managing Director of East Midlands Trains, said, “In addition to the very visible changes we are making such as £90m of investment in refurbished fleet, depots and stations, 14 December sees a completely new, vastly improved timetable for our network.

“The number of passenger journeys by train has risen by over 75% since the last major timetable changes in the late 1990s. We believe December will see a better service for the majority of people who travel with East Midlands Trains offering more choice, more seats and bringing even more passengers to rail.”

Copies of the new timetable will be available from Friday 14 November at East Midlands Trains’ stations and on the website, Passengers can also register to receive their own personalised timetable when full details are released in November - register now on

Detailed press releases are available from the East Midlands Trains press office for all stations where improvements are taking place on our route. 

To arrange a media interview with an East Midlands Trains’ representative, please call the Press Office on 01332 262010.