News from East Midlands Trains


Passengers set to benefit from improved services in new timetable

  • New East Midlands Trains' timetable launched on 11 December 2011
  • Additional services and improved connections amongst the benefits 
  • Download the timetable now at

East Midlands Trains’ passengers are set to benefit from further improvements to their journeys with the launch of the rail operator’s new timetable on 11 December 2011.

The new timetable will deliver a number of additional services and improved connections for many passengers in the East Midlands region.

The key improvements included in the new timetable are:

An earlier morning service from London St Pancras to Sheffield. This train will leave at the earlier time of 05.45 to provide an arrival into Sheffield at 08.25. It will call at Luton, Bedford, Wellingborough, Kettering, Market Harborough, Leicester, Loughborough, East Midlands Parkway, Long Eaton, Derby and Chesterfield. It will provide a more convenient service for passengers commuting into Sheffield and will allow earlier connections for passengers connecting at Sheffield for services further north, and at Leicester for Birmingham and Stansted Airport. Passengers from south of Derby will be able to get to Manchester 26 minutes earlier, York 46 minutes earlier and Newcastle 51 minutes earlier. Passengers from stations south of Leicester will be able to get to Stansted Airport one hour earlier and Birmingham 26 minutes earlier.

Wellingborough will gain an extra service at 07.22 to Leicester, Derby and Sheffield.

An additional morning service from Ambergate to Derby. This service will run on Mondays-Fridays, departing from Ambergate at 0656, calling at Belper at 07.01, Duffield at 07.05 and arriving into Derby at 07.13. This train will provide improved connections for passengers travelling to Leicester, Nottingham, Birmingham and London.

Two additional afternoon services for passengers travelling between Spondon and Nottingham.

Additional morning stops at Bingham, Lowdham and Rauceby.

Additional weekday afternoon service between Lincoln and Newark Northgate.

• Faster journey times on many Sunday afternoon services to London. 
• An additional service from Dronfield to Liverpool on Sundays.

David Horne, Managing Director for East Midlands Trains, said: “Our major timetable change back in December 2008 resulted in some of the biggest changes passengers have seen on this network. This has been a great success with marked improvements in both punctuality and customer satisfaction.

“However, we want to continue building on that success, and have been listening to feedback from our passengers, and working with local authorities to see how we can improve our services even further.

“We’re confident that the new timetable will deliver some great improvements for our passengers.”

In addition to the timetable changes, East Midlands Trains will be making further improvements to its First Class on-board menu from Monday 12 December. Three new hot dishes will be added to the menu priced at just £4.95 per meal. These include Thai Chicken Curry, Beef in Ale and Yorkshire Pudding, Vegetable Dhal with Naan Bread.

Copies of the timetables are available at rail stations and can also be downloaded electronically at

A summary of the key changes by station from Sunday 11 December is as follows:

Bedford & Bedfordshire Bedford
Earlier northbound train departing at 06.27
Earlier northbound train departing at 06.11
Derby & Derbyshire Ambergate

Long Eaton 
Additional morning service to Derby at 06.56 
Additional morning service to Derby at 07.01 
Earlier northbound train departing at 08.09 
Earlier northbound train departing at 07.49 
The 09.31 Sunday service from Nottingham to Liverpool will call additionally at Dronfield, following requests from the Friends of Dronfield station 
Additional morning service to Derby at 07.05 
Earlier northbound train departing at 07.36 
Two new weekday services to/from Nottingham, 13.29 from Spondon to Nottingham and 13.19 from Nottingham to Spondon
Northamptonshire Kettering
Earlier northbound train departing at 06.47 
Earlier northbound train departing at 06.39
The 06.27 London to Sheffield service will call additionally at Wellingborough at 07.22
Nottingham &

East Midlands Parkway 


Newark North Gate
The 06.45 (re-timed to 06.41) Nottingham to Skegness service will call additionally at Bingham at 06.55
Earlier northbound train departing at 07.32

The direct Lincoln to London St Pancras service will call additionally at Lowdham at 07.42. 
The 06.45 weekday service to Skegness will depart at the earlier time of 06.41 to provide a better connection at Grantham 
The 17.23 service from Lincoln to Grimsby will now start from Newark North Gate at 16.45 
The 19.24 Newark North Gate to Cleethorpes weekday service will depart later at 19.34 to improve the connection from East Coast’s service
Leicester & Leicestershire Leicester 
Market Harborough
Earlier northbound train departing at 05.45 
Earlier northbound train departing at 07.24 
Earlier northbound train departing at 06.57
Lincolnshire Lincoln

An additional service will run to Newark Northgate on weekdays, departing at 15.44 
The 18.25 Leicester to Nottingham service will be extended to run to Lincoln, with an arrival time of 20.17 
On Sundays, the 17.25 Lincoln to Newark North Gate and the 17.56 Newark to Lincoln services will now run throughout the year 
East Midlands Trains’ direct service between Lincoln and London will depart at the earlier time of 07.04 and call additionally at Lowdham. 
The 06.13 Boston to Nottingham service will call additionally at Rauceby, following a request from the station adoption group