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01/10/2014

East Midlands rail services to be improved

Words: Laura Edgar
Nottingham Train Station

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced a £2 million package of improvements to upgrade rail services between Nottingham, Newark and Lincoln.

The improvement package, announced on 29 September, is supported by regional and local authority funding partners, and will benefit commuters using East Midlands Trains (EMT) between Nottingham and Lincoln.

The £2 million package, part of the DfT’s Rail Investment Strategy announced in 2012, will include an additional 24 trains, more frequent and faster journey times and extra carriages to accommodate morning and evening peak times. There will also be additional stops at Hykeham each day, further services at Carlton and Burton Joyce and quicker journeys on 16 Nottingham to Lincoln services.

Thousands of passengers using the Nottingham to Lincoln route, including Newark Castle, are expected to benefit from the improvements when they are launched next May.

Patrick McLoughlin, transport secretary, said: “I know how important good rail links are for communities like Newark and Lincoln, which is why we are investing record amounts to deliver better services across the country and boost growth as part of our long-term economic plan.

"Having visited the region this summer, I was struck by the case for making these improvements and I am pleased that passengers will soon benefit from these additional services and faster journey times."

The managing director for EMT, David Horne, said the company has an ambition to improve trains services between Nottingham and Lincoln. “The introduction of these new services will provide our customers and the communities on our network with the improvements that this region deserves and will help to deal with the increasing number of passengers using this vital rail corridor. This is a significant step forward for our customers and we would like to pay tribute to all the local authorities, the Department for Transport and the Members of Parliament on the line, for their support in helping us to deliver these timetable enhancements.“

 

 

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