Tuesday, June 18, 2024

‘All change: The Castle Line’ – major Nottingham to Lincoln rail plans revealed

Today (Thursday 25 May) marks the launch of plans to boost speeds along the Nottingham to Lincoln rail corridor.

Midlands Connect is submitting a Strategic Outline Business Case to The Department for Transport, calling for an £18m investment to improve journey times.

A report titled ‘All change: The Castle Line’, details proposals to make train travel more attractive, reduce car dependence and benefit the local economies.

Currently just 10 per cent of journeys between Nottingham and Lincoln are taken by rail, but if these plans get the go ahead, trains will increase from predominantly 50mph to 75mph throughout the route.

CEO of Midlands Connect, Maria Machancoses, said: “This is an important connection between two major urban areas, and our plans for investment represent the first step in encouraging more passengers to use the trains.

“We recognise the need to make train travel more attractive and help people transition to sustainable transport.

“Our purpose is to create a fairer, greener and stronger Midlands. Faster connections between our towns and cities will bring a boost to the area for all the residents, businesses and visitors.”

Karl McCartney, MP for Lincoln, said: “I’m pleased to see these plans being submitted, improving train travel times will inevitably benefit both Lincoln and the entire Greater Lincoln area. I look forward to seeing this scheme progress.”

The plans have been developed with the support of Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottingham City Council, Lincolnshire County Council and the Local Enterprise Partnerships.

Network Rail and local train operator East Midlands Railway (EMR) are also key stakeholders in the process.

Midlands Connect recommends proposed milestones for work to start in April 2026, and complete in Summer 2028.

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