Netherfield passengers to miss out on new Saturday train service to Skegness

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A new and improved Saturday train service to Skegness will not stop at Netherfield, it has been announced.

East Midlands Railway this week announced plans for a revamped service to the seaside resort of Skegness on Saturdays.

The new service is part of their new timetable which will be launched on May 15.

The service will now begin at Derby and take passengers up to the Lincolnshire town four times a day.

East Midlands Railway said they would be using their Class 180 trains on the route. The Class 180s are typically used on EMR Intercity services to and from London St Pancras International and are designed with more luggage space than the Class 156 trains which operate the majority of the Poacher Line services.

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But when Gedling Eye contacted the operator to enquire about whether the service would be calling at Netherfield Station, which has been a stop for passengers in the past, we were told it won’t.

A spokesman for EMR said: “It will not stop at Netherfield I am afraid. Derby, Nottingham, Grantham, Sleaford, Boston and Skegness only.”

Services will run every Saturday from July 23 through to September 10 at the following times:

  • 0758 Derby – Skegness
  • 0923 Derby – Skegness 
  • 1142 Skegness – Derby 
  • 1344 Skegness – Derby 

But two weekday services to the seaside resort are returning to Netherfield Station from May 15.

Passengers will be again be able to board a train to the Lincolnshire twon at 8.53am and 13.48pm on Monday to Fridays.

The services had been suspended due to low winter demand and the Covid pandemic.

Neil Grabham, customer services director for East Midlands Railway, said: “Our Skegness route is very popular with our customers in the summer and every year we help thousands of families as they head to the coast to enjoy all the treats the seaside getaway can offer.”

1 COMMENT

  1. I think this is totally unfair, not everyone has a car so are unable to go to Skegness unless they go by train. However going in the week is not as busy and exciting as it is on a Saturday. Therefore some miss out.

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