- 22 regional services to be reinstated in two phases
- Important step forward to help support customers across the East Midlands
- EMR will be operating 87 more regional services compared to the final pre-Covid timetable
East Midlands Railway (EMR) is to reinstate 22 regional services to improve the level of service for customers across the region.
The timetable increase will be delivered in two stages, with the majority of services being reinstated from Monday 13th December. A second and slightly smaller increase will then be delivered from Monday 3rd January, as customers return to work and education.
As a result, from 3rd January EMR will be operating 486 trains per day – 87 more than operated in the timetable which was in place in the final pre-Covid timetable.
This includes an increase of EMR’s Liverpool to Norwich services as well as further reinstatements between Crewe and Newark Castle, Nottingham and Worksop and Leicester and Cleethorpes routes.
EMR has aimed to prioritise those services which have been the most frequent requests from customers and stakeholders, while also protecting costs to taxpayers and ensuring the advertised timetable is robust and reliable.
To help these service reinstatements, a small number of changes will be made on the Nottingham to Skegness route during the Winter period to reflect the reduced passenger demand.
These changes will remain under review and arrangements will be made to either reinstate or supplement through strengthening during anticipated periods of strong passenger demand. EMR intends to reintroduce these services in the May timetable to cater for the expected stronger demand.
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 below and on EMR’s website here 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 the strong demand during the summer. Similarly, these changes during the winter coincide with a reduced demand. However, these services will be reviewed on a weekly basis and arrangements will be made to either reinstate or supplement
The following services will be temporarily removed from EMR’s timetable on Monday 13th December and will be reinstated on 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)
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