A train service which was given a £2million boost through a number of organisations – including via the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership – to improve passenger journeys, officially launched its new and improved Sunday service yesterday (May 21).
The East Midlands Castle Line – which runs services between Nottingham, Newark Castle and Lincoln Central – was initially upgraded in March 2015, which gave the service:
- 25 additional trains on weekdays, between Nottingham and Newark Castle
- faster journey times on the majority of services to Lincoln
- most Matlock – Nottingham services extended to Newark Castle
- more trains for all stations, with intermediate stations enjoying more weekday services.
This was developed by East Midlands Trains with partners and funders including the D2N2 and Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnerships; Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire County, Newark & Sherwood District and Gedling Borough councils; City of Lincoln, Lincolnshire County and North Kesteven District councils; and Newark Business Club.
East Midlands Trains have gone on to develop their service further and yesterday (May 21), began a new Sunday timetable which means there are now hourly services for the majority of the day. There have also been substantial changes to services between Nottingham and Lincoln.
The first service from Lincoln Central to Nottingham will now leave at 8.47am instead of the previous earliest time of 3.08pm, the first service from Newark Castle to Nottingham will leave at 9.29am instead of the previous earliest time of 3.50pm and the first service from Nottingham to Lincoln will now leave at 9.30am instead of the previous earliest time of 3.29pm.
The D2N2 LEP is a partnership between business, local authorities, and higher and further education providers, which promotes economic growth and jobs creations across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. It is a significant investor in transport improvement schemes across its catchment, including the Cycle City Nottingham initiative, which is creating cycle corridors east-west and north-south of the city centre; and the T12 link road – also known as Infinity Park Way – which provides improved access to the Infinity Park Enterprise Zone site, south of Derby City Centre.
David Ralph, Chief Executive of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership has already invested in a number of key infrastructure projects to benefit public transport users, cyclists and pedestrians. Connectivity is a vital ingredient in driving forward economic growth and this service will significantly improve east-west links.”
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