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Nottingham’s railway is undergoing its biggest transformation in a generation. A major improvement scheme is currently ongoing to redevelop Nottingham station into a world-class transport hub, and Network Rail will shortly begin work on a £100 million project to rebuild the rail infrastructure around the city. This scheme will help to future-proof Nottingham’s railway for the increasing number of passengers and deliver improved reliability.
As a result of the major work being carried out by Network Rail during the summer, there will be significant changes to East Midlands Trains services on routes to and from Nottingham between Saturday 20 July and Sunday 25 August.
From 11 April, timetables for all the affected routes will be available to download at eastmidlandstrains.co.uk/nottingham, along with advice and information for passengers travelling to and from Nottingham over the summer.
David Horne, Managing Director for East Midlands Trains, said: “This is a very exciting and significant scheme for Nottingham and one that will create a better, more reliable railway for passengers.
“Every effort has been made to deliver the best possible service for our passengers during Network Rail’s re-signalling works whilst recognising that some people will face considerable changes to their normal journey.
“Our priority in creating the timetables has been to run as many trains as we can, whilst offering a comprehensive and efficient bus operation on those routes where we are unable to offer a train service.
“The publication of the timetable today marks a significant step forward in the project and should provide passengers with all the information they need to plan their travel well in advance of the summer.
“We have invested around three years of careful planning to ensure we can keep people on the move throughout the work at Nottingham. Our timetable takes into account feedback from passengers and stakeholders, and we are confident that it will offer passengers the best possible service.
“Our advice for passengers is to be prepared and check in advance of travel at eastmidlandstrains.co.uk/nottingham.”
Justin Page, Acting Route Managing Director for Network Rail, said: "We're spending £100m to completely rebuild the railway through Nottingham.
"It is the biggest development on the network in this area for a generation and will transform the reliability of services and the flexibility of the station.
"We're using modern equipment to replace 1960s-style signalling, putting in a new platform and relaying six miles of track, to make a real difference to the way trains run in the city.
“There will inevitably be some short term disruption during an investment of this scale and I sincerely apologise for any inconvenience that this will cause, but this is about investing for future generations in the heart of the East Midlands.”
Summary of services to/from Nottingham from Saturday 20 July to Sunday 25 August:
Train services to/from London will start and terminate at East Midlands Parkway, with three services an hour running between East Midlands Parkway and London. A frequent bus service will operate approximately every ten minutes (with more buses at times of peak demand) between Nottingham and East Midlands Parkway to connect with train services to London.
Additional car parking spaces have been provided at East Midlands Parkway for passengers choosing to drive. Car parking is priced at just £6 per day.
Stations affected: Nottingham and Beeston.
A frequent bus service will run in place of the normal train service for the duration of the work (20 July to 25 August) with four buses an hour running between Nottingham and Mansfield/Mansfield Woodhouse and an hourly service running from Mansfield to Worksop.
Stations affected: Nottingham, Bulwell, Hucknall, Newstead, Kirkby in Ashfield, Sutton Parkway, Mansfield, Mansfield Woodhouse, Shirebrook, Langwith-Whaley Thorns, Creswell, Whitwell and Worksop.
Trains will run as normal between Matlock, Derby and Beeston with the exception of 20/21 July and 24/25 August (please see timetable for details). In addition, CrossCountry trains will operate an hourly service between Derby and Beeston calling at Long Eaton. For services through to Nottingham, passengers should change at Derby for an express bus service, which will run at 15 minute intervals.
A bus service will also run between Beeston and Nottingham, with three buses per hour.
Stations affected: Derby, Spondon, Long Eaton, Attenborough, Beeston and Nottingham.
Train services will continue to operate on this route, but will follow a diversionary route and not call at Nottingham or Grantham. All services will instead call at East Midlands Parkway, where express replacement bus services will run to Nottingham, Grantham and Newark.
Passengers travelling from Langley Mill and Alfreton should use replacement bus services for travel to Nottingham. Northern train services will continue to run from Langley Mill and Alfreton to Leeds via Sheffield.
Stations affected: Nottingham, Grantham, Alfreton and Langley Mill
Train services will run as normal between Leicester and East Midlands Parkway, where there is a connecting bus service through to Nottingham, which will run at 10 minute intervals.
Local train services will run between hourly between Leicester and Loughborough calling at Syston, Sileby, Barrow-on-Soar so that passengers at these stations can continue to travel to Leicester by train.
For travel between Nottingham, Beeston, Loughborough and Leicester, passengers will have two options: either to travel between Nottingham and East Midlands Parkway by bus to connect with train services to Loughborough/Leicester or travel using the hourly Beeston-Loughborough-Leicester-London trains.
Stations affected: Syston, Sileby, Barrow-upon-Soar, Beeston, Loughborough, Leicester
Train services will continue to run from Newark Castle to Lincoln throughout the re-signalling work.
From Saturday 20 July to Friday 9 August and on the weekend of 24/25 August, connecting bus services will run between Newark Castle and Nottingham, with an hourly bus service from Rolleston, Fiskerton, Bleasby, Thurgaton, Lowdham, Burton Joyce and Carlton to Nottingham.
From 10 August to 23 August, trains will be running between Nottingham and Lincoln (between 0800-2000). Services will follow the normal calling patterns with slightly extended journey times.
There will also be an hourly express bus service between Newark and East Midlands Parkway, connecting to services to Leicester and beyond throughout the re-signalling work.
Stations affected: Carlton, Burton Joyce, Lowdham, Thurgaton, Bleasby, Fiskerton, Rolleston
Train services will continue to run between Grantham and Skegness at all times.
Direct train services will also be running between Nottingham and Skegness on the following days (between 0800-2000):
Monday 22 July to Friday 26 July
Monday 12 August to Friday 23 August
Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July
Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July
Saturday 10 August and Sunday 11 August
Saturday 17 August and Sunday 18 August
At all other times, an hourly bus service will run between Nottingham and Grantham with an hourly train service connecting at Grantham for services through to Skegness. There will also be an hourly express bus service from Grantham to East Midlands Parkway throughout the day to connect in with services to Leicester/Liverpool and Norwich.
During the re-signalling works, additional buses will be on standby at Nottingham station at all times.
Stations affected: Netherfield, Radcliffe, Bingham, Aslockton, Elton & Orston, Bottesford
All other East Midlands Trains routes will continue to run as normal during the summer. Around three quarters of East Midlands Trains passengers will not see any changes to their travel plans as a result of the re-signalling work.