Lincoln to Nottingham: Worst service to get more trains

East Midlands Train
Image caption The service had been neglected for years, local councils and MPs have said

Rail passengers travelling between Nottingham and Lincoln are to get extra trains and quicker journeys following funding of £2m, it has been announced.

East Midlands Trains said an additional 14 trains will travel from Hykeham as part of its new Castle Line timetable.

The company said the line was a "vital rail corridor" and it would give the communities the service they deserved.

The service between the two cities had been dubbed one of the worst in the UK by campaign group Rail Fair.

Castle Line

  • Castle Line links Nottingham with Newark and Lincoln
  • Over £2m funding providing increase in East Midlands Trains services
  • Passengers due to benefit from more services and faster journey times
  • New services start on 18 May

The group claimed in September that journey times between Lincoln and Nottingham were slower than they were 100 years ago.

A number of councils and MPs pushed for new investment for the line, which they said had been neglected for a number of years.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin committed about £1m to the project, which he said would deliver better services across the region as part of the government's long-term economic plan.

Passengers using Hykeham will get an extra 14 trains per day and an extra morning and evening service to Nottingham.

Jake Kelly, managing director for East Midlands Trains, said: "The Castle Line is a vital rail corridor and this major increase in services will give the communities along the route the service they deserve."

The new services are due to start on 18 May.

Image caption Campaigners say the service was quicker in 1909 than it is today

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