East Midlands Railway (EMR) is to reinstate 22 regional services as it looks to reinstate a normal timetable following cutbacks because of the pandemic.
It will increase services in two stages; most services will be reinstated from Monday 13th December, whilst a second, slightly smaller, group of services will resume from Monday 3rd January. EMR will then operate 486 trains per day, which is 87 more than in the final pre-Covid timetable.
Liverpool to Norwich services will be increased, and there will be a resumption of services on routes between Crewe and Newark Castle, Nottingham and Worksop, and Leicester and Cleethorpes.
The aim is to prioritise those services which have had the most frequent requests from customers and stakeholders, while also protecting costs to taxpayers and ensuring the advertised timetable is robust and reliable.
Reinstating services will have a small knock-on effect on the Nottingham to Skegness route, but only during the Winter period to reflect reduced passenger demand.
The changes will remain under review. During anticipated periods of strong passenger demand, further trains will be reinstated or supplemented by strengthening existing trains. EMR intends to reintroduce these services in the May timetable.
Paul Barnfield, Operations Director at East Midlands Railway, said: “In recent months, a dedicated team has been working hard to improve the reliability and performance of our services to allow us to reinstate a number of our regional services.
“In doing so, we have aimed to prioritise services which have been the most requested by our customers and local stakeholders while also being careful to ensure our timetable is robust, reliable and as cost efficient to taxpayers as possible.
“These services will be reinstated in two stages either side of Christmas. This is an incremental and sensible approach to reinstating services at what is typically the quietest time of the year to travel. As such, I would ask customers to check their journeys between 13th December and 3rd January before setting off, by visiting www.eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk.”
Full details can be found on EMR’s website at https://www.eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk/amended-timetable
Services Reinstated from Monday 13th December 2021
Liverpool to Norwich (Full reinstatements)
0642 Sheffield – Nottingham
0741 Nottingham – Norwich
1651 Liverpool Lime Street – Nottingham
1851 Liverpool Lime Street – Nottingham
2141 Manchester Piccadilly – Nottingham
1257 Norwich – Liverpool Lime Street
1656 Norwich – Manchester Piccadilly
Matlock to Nottingham
Continues to run Matlock to Derby only
Crewe to Newark Castle
0736 Newark Castle – Crewe
1243 Newark Castle – Crewe
1736 Newark Castle – Crewe
1008 Crewe – Newark Castle
1508 Crewe – Newark Castle
2009 Crewe – Nottingham
Nottingham to Worksop
1658 Nottingham – Mansfield Woodhouse
1758 Nottingham – Mansfield Woodhouse
0727 Mansfield Woodhouse – Nottingham
Leicester to Cleethorpes
0727 Nottingham – Leicester
0842 Leicester – Nottingham
0846 Nottingham – Skegness
1114 Skegness – Nottingham
1346 Nottingham – Skegness
1614 Skegness – Nottingham
Services to and from Skegness were prioritised in the current resilience timetable to cater for strong demand during the summer. Similarly, these changes during the winter coincide with a reduced demand. However, they will be reviewed weekly basis and the services will either be reinstated or supplemented.
Services to be temporarily removed from EMR’s timetable on Monday, 13th December and reinstated from Monday, 3rd January 2022
0607 Nottingham – Norwich
0955 Norwich – Liverpool (between Norwich and Nottingham)
1208 Crewe – Newark Castle (between Derby and Newark Castle on weekdays and Nottingham and Newark Castle on Saturdays)
1436 Newark Castle – Crewe (between Newark Castle and Derby Mon-Fri and between Newark Castle and Nottingham on Saturdays)
Services Reinstated from Monday 3rd January 2022
Liverpool to Norwich
0647 Liverpool – Norwich (between Liverpool & Nottingham)
1051 Liverpool – Norwich (between Liverpool & Nottingham)
0747 Nottingham – Liverpool Lime Street
1057 Norwich – Liverpool Lime Street (between Nottingham & Liverpool)