Help shape future rail service

Stock images.'Train.
Stock images.'Train.

From faster journeys to more comfortable carriages, your views are wanted on how to improve a host of train services in Lincolnshire.

The Department for Transport is re-letting the East Midlands rail franchise in 2018 and has asked Lincolnshire County Council what improvements the authority would like to see.

The franchise includes Skegness to Nottingham via Grantham and Peterborough to Doncaster services via Sleaford and Lincoln.

Other services are Lincoln to Leicester via Nottingham, Norwich to Liverpool via Grantham, and Grimsby/Cleethorpes to Newark North Gate via Lincoln.

Coun Richard Davies, executive member for transport at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We have a great opportunity to put forward some ideas which could significantly improve rail provision in our county.

“We want to hear what improvements would encourage local residents to hop on a train, so please let us know what you’d like to see.

“More regular trains with extra capacity, improved connections, better Sunday services, faster journeys and more comfortable carriages with Wi-Fi are just some of our thoughts.

“We also know that many residents are keen to see extra trains to and from London and, while this service is operated by Virgin Trains East Coast and not part of this re-letting, improving connectivity with local East Midlands services at Newark North Gate and Grantham stations could help you reach the capital quicker.”

He added: “We will consider all views before we formally feedback to the Department for Transport in the summer.”

Chairman of the South East Lincolnshire Travellers’ Association George Bishop said he would like to see more capacity on the Nottingham to Skegness route for the summer months.

He said: “It’s a service that is fairly lightly travelled through the winter months and like sardines in the can come the summer.”

He also said he would like to see later trains to and from Peterborough and Lincoln, with the last train travelling north of Spalding from Peterborough coming at about 4.30pm.

He said: “I would like to see a service running until 10pm from Peterborough to Lincoln and back. There’s no reason why not.”

To have your say on improvements, email rail@
lincolnshire.gov.uk or call 01522 782070 before the end of February.

For more information about rail services in Lincolnshire, go to www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/transport.