TONY CAVE: Hourly train service at Carlton not expected to return until December

Local station adopter and train expert Tony Cave updates us on the latest news from our local railways

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CARLTON: The current service continues with no changes apart from the odd minute. The 06.29 to Nottingham (Mon-Fri) now departs at 06.27. The other odd minutes are trains which leave 1 minute later than now. 2 on weekdays and 3 on Saturdays.

It seems very unlikely that the hourly interval service will be re-instated until December. East Midlands Railway (EMR) are waiting for additional trains from other operators, whilst they in turn are waiting for new trains from the manufacturers, after which staff have to be trained on the new trains. Mostly the consequence of the pandemic and also lower passenger numbers because of this.

One change is that Newark to Crewe and return trains, apart from 3 a day, no longer call at Longport. In consequence, trains arrive in Crewe about 3 minutes earlier and depart 3 minutes later in the new timetable which allows a little more turn round time at Crewe and hopefully improve timekeeping.

NETHERFIELD: The 08.51 to Skegness was reinstated from mid April and there is now a full service from Nottingham every hour. Two extra trains with class 180 units as used on London services run from Derby to Skegness on Saturdays from 23rd July to 10th September, but the 09.59 service we had last Summer does not call this year, meaning no trains from Netherfield.

EMR train at Carlton Station
PICTURED: An EMR train at Carlton Station (PHOTO: Gedling Eye)

OTHER LOCAL LINES. Still no direct trains from Nottingham to Matlock except on Sundays. As a consequence, Spondon has a very sparse peak time only service, some of which are buses. Robin Hood Line. Nottingham-Mansfield-Worksop. A number of changes to train times and stopping patterns.

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STATION NEWS: (Carlton) The poster cases have all been replaced and in fact we gain an extra one at the entrance to Platform 2 (Newark direction). This is currently displaying a poster ask­ing how your journey was and that you can get in touch with EMR by visiting eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk/travel survey

(Netherfield) The station was mentioned in 2 items in the May issue of ‘Today’s Railways UK magazine. Firstly there was an article about Nottingham’s Trams where it mentioned that Robin Hood Tickets are valid on EMR to Carlton and Netherfield. On the last page given over to ‘Grumpy Old Man’ (No, not me, although the way Netherfield station has been treated makes me feel this way) was an item about. the Nottingham to Skegness service and it commenced ‘Sometimes you have to wonder how so many wayside stations with a very sparse service have remained open’. The article continued ‘… Swineshead and Hubberts Bridge also only have four or five trains a day, and there are others like Rauceby and Netherfield that are not much better served.’ I sent a letter to the editor regarding Netherfield, and wait to see if it is printed. It runs to 328 words.

EMR MESSENGER: EMR Messenger provides personalised journey updates, including – details of realtime disruption, alternative travel routes and busyness alerts to WhatsApp or your Facebook Messenger app. You can opt-in to the service on either channel by visiting the live journey, information page on EMR’s website and clicking ‘Keep Me Updated’ – or you can search for EMR directly on Facebook Messenger. Personalised WhatsApp or Facebook messenger alerts will keep you fully updated about your journey.

SMART CARD KIOSKS: Electric cabinets and machines will be popping up at stations in and around the area. This is for the EMR’s Platform Validator machines and Smart Kiosks which will eventually work like the Oyster offering in London, enabling passengers transport to tap in and out using smart cards and in time work with integrated transport options too.

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