East Midlands Railway announces return of summer services from Skegness
Holidaymakers traveling to the Lincolnshire coast this summer will have access to more luggage space thanks to the ‘intercity style’ trains used on the service. Class 180 trains will run between Derby, Nottingham and Skegness on EMR’s popular service.
‘Summer Special’ train services are typically used on EMR Intercity services to and from London St Pancras International and are designed with more luggage space than the trains that usually pass through the service. The announcement will be good news for holidaymakers traveling on the usually busy service this summer.
The services, which will start in Derby rather than their usual Nottingham departure point, are intended to provide more space for people traveling to the Lincolnshire coast this summer. Services will be held every Saturday from July 23 to September 10.
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The announcement follows recent confirmation of the return of day tours to the Butlin seaside resort in Skegness. Families looking for a shorter getaway this summer will now be able to travel more comfortably thanks to larger trains.
Butlin’s Skegness resort manager Alex Saul praised the new services. He said: “It’s great news to see more services coming to Skegness in time for our busy summer season.
“The increased service gives customers more options when planning their trip to the resort for their vacation. With the return of our popular day tours, we know many customers will be using the train to enjoy a fun day out at Butlin’s Skegness.”
Extended Services will operate at the following times:
- 0758 Derby-Skegness
- 0923 Derby-Skegness
- 1142 Skegness-Derby
- 1344 Skegness-Derby
Along with extended services, the new May 15 schedule will reintroduce four services that were axed over the winter due to low demand. These are:
- 0846 Nottingham–Skegness
- 1114 Skegness – Nottingham
- 1346 Nottingham–Skegness
- 1614 Skegness–Nottingham
Neil Grabham, Customer Services Manager 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 make their way to the coast for enjoy all the treats the seaside getaway has to offer. .
“Class 180 Intercity-style trains will give customers more luggage space, while the increase in summer services will also give people more options for when to travel.”