Nottingham rail passengers to benefit from £2m service improvements

East Midlands TrainCommuters who travel between Nottingham and Lincoln are set to benefit from a package of rail line improvements worth £2 million, it has been revealed.

It was confirmed last week by East Midlands Trains that there will be a combination of extra carriages and timetable enhancements on the line between Nottingham, Newark Castle and Lincoln.

These improvements will see passengers benefiting from faster journey times as well as additional trains between Newark and Nottingham.

The £2 million improvements will be funded by a group of bodies from both central and local government, including Nottinghamshire County Council who have welcomed the news of improvements.

Councillor Alan Rhodes, leader of the authority, said that he was absolutely delighted to hear about the £2 million improvements.

He added: “It really is fantastic. Businesses, politicians and interested parties have been seeking investment in this line for many years and the County Council, along with other partners, has worked long and hard to help bring this about.

“An improved service will cut down journey times, help unlock the full potential of business in our county and bring economic benefits to communities along the line and the local area as a whole.

“I’m told that the planned new service of 37 trains per day will be the most frequent service at Carlton since the station opened in 1846! ”

The new timetable will also deliver extra services for passengers in Hykeham as well as stations between Nottingham and Newark Castle including Carlton and Burton Joyce.

Some of the key improvements, which are set to be introduced from May 2015 onwards, include an additional 24 trains every weekday between Newark and Nottingham, and faster journey times on 16 Nottingham-Lincoln services.

Cllr Rhodes added: “The County Council began lobbying for improvements to the line back in 2008 so it has been a long wait and I’m delighted that it’s all been worth it.”

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