East Midlands Trains

December 22, 2011 05:24 ET

East Midlands Trains Confirms 2011 Christmas and New Year Train Services

- Network Rail engineering works on New Year's Eve on the London route

- Passengers advised to check before travel at www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 22, 2011) - Train operator East Midlands Trains has confirmed train timetable arrangements for passengers travelling over the Christmas and New Year holiday.

East Midlands Trains will operate a normal service up to Friday 23 December 2011. Train services will continue to run throughout the Christmas and New Year period, with the exception of Christmas Day and Boxing Day, when East Midlands Trains will not be operating any train services.

A full copy of the Christmas and New Year timetable is available to download at www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk. A summary of the main service changes is included below:

Christmas Eve train services (Saturday 24 December 2011)

A normal train service will run throughout the day, with services finishing earlier than normal in the evening. The last trains from London St Pancras will run at 18.00 to Corby, 18.25 to Sheffield, 19.30 to Nottingham and 19.55 to Derby and Leicester.

Christmas Day and Boxing Day train services (Sunday 25 December and Monday 26 December 2011)

No train services will run on these days.

Tuesday 27 December - Friday 30 December 2011

A normal train service will operate on these days, with the exception of the following services, which will not run:

05:57 train from Sheffield to London St Pancras

07:26 train from Derby to London St Pancras

17.45 train from London St Pancras to Derby

On Tuesday 27 December, the 05:45 and 06:37 London to Sheffield services will only run between Derby and Sheffield. The 04:44 train from Leicester to London, and the 00:15 from London St Pancras to Sheffield will also not operate on this day.

New Year's Eve train services (Saturday 31 December 2011) - Monday 2 January 2012

From approximately 18:00* on Saturday 31 December to Monday 2 January, Network Rail will be carrying out essential engineering works in the Leicestershire area. This means that no direct services will run to London.

Services during this period will operate between London and Bedford, and between East Midlands Parkway train station and Sheffield, calling at Derby and Chesterfield. A service will also run between East Midlands Parkway and Nottingham train station. Rail replacement buses will run between Bedford and East Midlands Parkway.

Passengers travelling between Sheffield and London are advised to use East Coast services from Doncaster to London Kings Cross.

* Details of the last direct services to and from London on Saturday 31 December can be found at www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk.

Tuesday 3 January 2012

A normal service will operate from 04:40 onwards.

David Horne, Managing Director for East Midlands Trains, said: "We are working closely with Network Rail to minimise the disruption our customers will face as a result of the engineering work being carried out over the New Year.

"Our focus throughout the festive period is to provide the best possible services to passengers, and accurate information concerning the changes we have made."

Martin Frobisher, route managing director for Network Rail, said: "Passengers who buy a rail ticket have the right to expect to travel by rail so we are very pleased that, working in partnership with East Midlands Trains, the overall effect on passengers of our improvement work is much lower than in previous years.

"The work at New Year is to move control of the railway around Leicester into our state of the art centre at Derby. It is the first phase of a multi-million pound project which will provide passengers with a more reliable and efficient railway around Leicester. Around the network passengers will see more trains, fewer buses and a better service this Christmas holiday period as our vital improvement work uses new techniques and equipment that reduces the impact on train services. We are investing heavily to building a bigger, better railway and to support economic growth throughout the East Midlands."

Full details of all Christmas and New Year train services, bookings and facilities for passengers are available online at www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk.

Notes to Editors

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