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Tony Cave Column: Derby disruption to impact Carlton services


NETHERFIELD: Throughout the summer the 08.51 to Skegness (08.48 Saturdays) will depart at 08.53 on Mondays and Fridays only.

Less people have been joining the 08.33 Liverpool recently, the average being 5 on and 4 off. However on Tues. 15th May, 14 joined.

Netherfield is cited as an alternative to Carlton, but people do not want to walk an extra quarter of a mile, and there is no disabled access or parking. Now if the 07.36 from Lincoln called at Carlton, people would use it. Poor old Netherfield station. People say “I thought Netherfield station was closed!” Even taxi drivers turn up at Carlton station when they should be at Netherfield. –

CARLTON — On Wednesday, May 9, I had an early start and saw all the trains between 06.01 and 09.05. Total of 9 trains and 99 passengers (85 on and 14 off). 7 joined the 06.01, and I have never seen more than three on this train at Carlton in past years. There were 21 on the 07.11 and 32 on the 08.08. The 09.05 is popular, as many as 26 joined this train on Tuesday, May 29 and most days numbers are in double figures. On Tuesday, May 22, I saw seven evening trains from the 16.55 to 18.23 and 83 passengers (65 off and 18 on). incidentally 76 passengers joined the 09.05 between Monday, June 11 and Friday, June 15.

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DERBY STATION- UPGRADE OF TRACK AND SIGNALLING: This work takes place between July 22 and October 7. The clock is ticking!’ and this will affect anyone travelling to or via Derby during the above dates. Birmingham and Cardiff services from Nottingham will us a diversionary route, rejoining the usual route before Burton-upon-Trent. North East to South West services via Derby will also be diverted between Burton-upon-Trent and Chesterfield. For details see Revised timetables for EMT trains have orange covers.

This is how the Newark to Matlock via Carlton service is affected

Replacement buses will run every 15 minutes between Nottingham and Derby and every 30 minutes between Derby and Matlock, when replacing trains. Between August 13. (3 weeks) and September 1 there will be no direct service from Carlton to Beeston except for the Lincoln to Leicester and Leicester to Lincoln trains which are unaffected. Trains from Nottingham to Beeston depart at 35 minutes past the hour (Leicester service) and between 7 and 12 minutes past from Beeston to Nottingham. 11.24 (Sat.), 16.19 (Sat.) 17.23 (Mon.- Fri.), 18.21 (Sat.) 18.23 (Mon.- Fri.) and 19.23 (Mon.- Fri.)are direct services Carlton to Beeston. 16.19 and 17.23 also call at Attenborough.

NEW EAST MIDLANDS FRANCHISE:The invitation to tender for this franchise, due to commence in August 2019, was released by the Government on June 7. There are three bidders: Stagecoach which currently runs the franchise, Abellio and Arriva. Trenitalia had previously withdrawn. The Department for Transport set out what they expect the new franchise holder to provide. This is usually increases in train services, speeding up of services and im-improvements for passengers at stations and on trains. RAIL Magazine issue 855, just published, gives a list which includes the Nottingham to London services having 20 minutes cut from the journey time, introduction of bi-mode trains (diesel and electric) by 2022, provide WiFi, improve seating and luggage on trains and improve Delay Repay by extending it to trains delayed by 15 mins. As regards our local services, not much is mentioned apart from the insistence that Lincoln to Leicester and Leicester to Lincoln trains are timed to pass each other at the flat crossing at Newark, to reduce the times when trains are unable to cross on the East Coast Main Line. The problem of this crossing was mentioned in the previously last month. The winning bidder will also be asked to write a business case for returning passenger services to the line from Shirebrook to Ollerrton.

Train tickets, fare rise

In December 2021 it is proposed to run the Norwich to Liverpool service in two parts. The new franchise would run Norwich to Nottingham and either Northern or TransPennine from Nottingham to Liverpool. However the new franchise holder could look at running a service from Sheffield to Norwich via Nottingham. I have heard, but not seen it in print, that some Leicester to Lincoln services could run to Grimsby, giving an hourly Lincoln to Grimsby service, and also provide an hourly Lincoln to Doncaster service. There is a campaign to provide a station at Finningley on this line, to serve Robin Hood Airport. The winning bidder should be announced in April 2019.

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NEWS IN BRIEF: Four of the single car class 153s are due to be transferred from Great Western to EMT. They may retain their green livery for a while, but will help the shortage we have whilst class 156 units are being refurbished. The 158s have also been refurbished. Some 153s are to be fitted with Wheel Slide Protection which will reduce the problem of ‘wheel flats’ caused by greasy rails in the leaf fall season, and thereby eliminating the time spent out of service having their wheels re-profiled

Repairs to fire damage at Nottingham station is due to be completed in July and all facilities reopened.

I have a copy of ‘Today’s Railways UK’ Magazine Rover Ticket Guide to Britain and Ireland. This runs to 32 pages and also includes Light Rail (trams) and Metro systems. Some Rovers qualify for reductions with a Rail Card. many of these Rover tickets are not shown on websites, but I will always have a copy with me

Gedling Station: The desire to make this into a community asset appears to be progressing satisfactorily and a new committee has been formed.

Carlton station car park: Work to improve the surface is still pending, but should go ahead soon

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The centre of the flower bed will be given over to perennial flowers, which have deeper roots and so do not need watering every other day. This is a problem when we have a drought like at present (end of June). Incidentally, a couple of geraniums in the planters ‘disappeared’, so the remaining one is now in the main flower bed

New Derbyshire Connect Bus Service from Cromford Station. Bookable bus service available for anyone to travel within the Wirksworth and Ashbourne area, and enabling visits to the Southern Peak District including Carsington Water.

Sunday, August 19 is Ladies Day at Southwell

AND FINALLY… Q: Can you break your journey with an Off Peak Day Return?

A. The National Guide to tickets says “In most cases you may break your journey at any point, or more than once if you wish. Where this is not the case it will be stated in the restrictions shown for that ticket, available at the time of purchase.” On the Derby to Matlock trains you can hop on and off at stations, but must resume your journey in the same direction. Book a ticket to your final destination.

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