- Nottingham to Lincoln Line
A East Midlands Trains class 153 at Lincoln
Overview Type Heavy rail System National Rail Status Operational Locale Lincolnshire
Stations 13 Operation Opened 1846 Owner Network Rail Operator(s) East Midlands Trains
Rolling stock Class 43 "HST"
Class 153 "Super Sprinter"
Class 156 "Super Sprinter"
Class 158 "Express Sprinter"
Class 222 "Meridian"
Technical No. of tracks Two Electrification Standard Gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) Operating speed 60 mph (100 km/h) maximum Nottingham to Lincoln LineLegend Lincoln Central Hykeham Thorpe (station closed) Swinderby Collingham Newark North Gate East Coast Main Line Newark Castle Rolleston Fiskerton Bleasby Thurgarton Lowdham Burton Joyce Carlton Nottingham to Grantham Line Nottingham ( Station Street)
The line between Newark and Lincoln is currently only cleared for 60 miles per hour (97 km/h) speeds, Nottinghamshire County Council have paid for a study into 90 miles per hour (140 km/h) running.
Passenger services on the line are provided by East Midlands Trains, using a mix of mainly Class 156 diesel multiple units, Class 158 diesel multiple units, and pairs of Class 153 diesel multiple units. At certain times, Class 156 and Class 153 trains run coupled together. Many trains on this route continue southward of Nottingham to Leicester via the Midland Main Line. Some trains call at Newark North Gate (this is generally the first 2 trains of the day, and the last 2 trains of the day) by running down the spur at the side of the East Coast Main Line and then reversing back again. Many trains also run between Newark Northgate and Lincoln Central throughout the day, usually timed to provide connections to London Kings Cross and other stations on the East Coast Main Line. Many of the trains between Newark Northgate and Lincoln Central continue on to Grimsby Town with the first and last trains of the day continuing to Cleethorpes. Summer Sundays sees a scheduled Newark NG-Lincoln Central - Cleethorpes service. As of 22 May 2011 East Coast now run 1 train a day from London to Lincoln.
The line serves the following places.
- Burton Joyce
- North Hykeham
The service is generally hourly Monday-Saturday with a less frequent service on Sunday. The first trains usually depart on Sundays in either direction during mid-afternoon, giving no morning Sunday service. One train daily on a Monday to Saturday runs along the line from Lincoln Central to London St. Pancras in the morning, and from London St. Pancras back to Lincoln Central in the evening. It only calls at the busier stations along the line, namely Collingham, Newark Castle, Lowdham (evening journey only), and Nottingham. The train travels along the Midland Main Line for the Nottingham - London portion of the journey. There is also one train a day run by East Coast from London to lincoln
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