East Midlands Trains

December 12, 2011 02:30 ET

Passengers Set to Benefit from Improved Services in New Train Timetable

- New East Midlands Trains' train timetable launched on 11 December 2011

- Additional train services and improved connections amongst the benefits

- Download the timetable now at www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 12, 2011) - East Midlands Trains' passengers are set to benefit from further improvements to their journeys with the launch of the rail operator's new timetable on 11 December 2011.

The new train timetable will deliver a number of additional services and improved connections for many passengers in the East Midlands region.

The key improvements included in the new timetable are:

Weekdays

• Earlier morning trains from London St Pancras to Sheffield. This train will leave at the earlier time of 05.45 to provide an arrival into Sheffield at 08.25. It will call at Luton, Bedford, Wellingborough, Kettering, Market Harborough, Leicester, Loughborough, East Midlands Parkway, Long Eaton, Derby and Chesterfield. It will provide a more convenient service for passengers commuting into Sheffield and will allow earlier connections for passengers connecting at Sheffield for services further north, and at Leicester for Birmingham and Stansted Airport. Passengers from south of Derby will be able to get to Manchester 26 minutes earlier, York 46 minutes earlier and Newcastle 51 minutes earlier. Passengers from stations south of Leicester will be able to get to Stansted Airport one hour earlier and Birmingham 26 minutes earlier.

• Wellingborough will gain an extra service at 07.22 to Leicester, Derby and Sheffield.

• An additional morning service from Ambergate to Derby. This service will run on Mondays-Fridays, departing from Ambergate at 0656, calling at Belper at 07.01, Duffield at 07.05 and arriving into Derby at 07.13. This train will provide improved connections for passengers travelling to Leicester, Nottingham, Birmingham and London.

• Two additional afternoon services for passengers travelling between Spondon and Nottingham.

• Additional morning stops at Bingham, Lowdham and Rauceby.

• Additional weekday afternoon service between Lincoln and Newark Northgate.

Weekends

• Faster journey times on many Sunday afternoon services to London.

• An additional train to Liverpool from Dronfield on Sundays.

David Horne, Managing Director for East Midlands Trains, said: "Our major timetable change back in December 2008 resulted in some of the biggest changes passengers have seen on this network. This has been a great success with marked improvements in both punctuality and customer satisfaction.

"However, we want to continue building on that success, and have been listening to feedback from our passengers, and working with local authorities to see how we can improve our services even further.

"We're confident that the new timetable will deliver some great improvements for our passengers."

In addition to the timetable changes, East Midlands Trains will be making further improvements to its First Class train's on-board menu from Monday 12 December. Three new hot dishes will be added to the menu priced at just £4.95 per meal. These include Thai Chicken Curry, Beef in Ale and Yorkshire Pudding, Vegetable Dhal with Naan Bread.

Copies of the timetables are available at rail stations and can also be downloaded electronically at www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk.

A summary of the key changes by station from Sunday 11 December is as follows:

County Station Change
Bedford Earlier northbound train departing at 06.27
Bedford & Bedfordshire Luton Earlier northbound train departing at 06.11
Derby & Derbyshire Ambergate Additional morning train to Derby at 06.56
Belper Additional morning train to Derby at 07.01
Chesterfield Earlier northbound train departing at 08.09
Derby Earlier northbound train departing at 07.49
Dronfield The 09.31 Sunday train from Nottingham to Liverpool will call additionally at Dronfield, following requests from the Friends of Dronfield station
Duffield Additional morning train to Derby at 07.05
Long Eaton Earlier northbound train departing at 07.36
Spondon Two new weekday trains to/from Nottingham, 13.29 from Spondon to Nottingham and 13.19 from Nottingham to Spondon
Kettering Earlier northbound train departing at 06.47
Northamptonshire Wellingborough Earlier northbound train departing at 06.39
The 06.27 London to Sheffield train service will call additionally at Wellingborough at 07.22
Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Bingham The 06.45 (re-timed to 06.41) Nottingham to Skegness train service will call additionally at Bingham at 06.55.
East Midlands Parkway Earlier northbound train departing at 07.32
Lowdham The direct Lincoln to London St Pancras train service will call additionally at Lowdham at 07.42.
Nottingham The 06.45 weekday service to Skegness will depart at the earlier time of 06.41 to provide a better connection at Grantham
Newark North Gate The 17.23 train from Lincoln to Grimsby will now start from Newark North Gate at 16.45
The 19.24 Newark North Gate to Cleethorpes weekday train service will depart later at 19.34 to improve the connection from East Coast's service
Leicester & Leicestershire Leicester Earlier northbound train departing at 05.45
Loughborough Earlier northbound train departing at 07.24
Market Harborough Earlier northbound train departing at 06.57
Lincoln An additional service will run to Newark Northgate on weekdays, departing at 15.44
The 18.25 Leicester to Nottingham train service will be extended to run to Lincoln, with an arrival time of 20.17
On Sundays, the 17.25 Lincoln to Newark North Gate and the 17.56 Newark to Lincoln trains will now run throughout the year
East Midlands Trains' direct train between Lincoln and London will depart at the earlier time of 07.04 and call additionally at Lowdham.
Lincolnshire Rauceby The 06.13 Boston to Nottingham service will call additionally at Rauceby, following a request from the station adoption group

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