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New investment may lead to more trains

East Midlands Trains could increase the frequency of its service between Spalding and Lincoln after a �280m upgrade of the GNGE line between Peterborough and Doncaster.

East Midlands Trains could increase the frequency of its service between Spalding and Lincoln after a �280m upgrade of the GNGE line between Peterborough and Doncaster.

Hopes of being able to commute between Spalding and Lincoln by train are rising thanks to a £280 million rail project.

Upgrading of the Great Northern Great Eastern (GNGE) line running from Peterborough to Doncaster, including Spalding, Sleaford and Lincoln, may pave the way for more trains to be provided more regularly.

The suggestion comes from Network Rail which is behind the GNGE project to transform it into a railway fit for the 21st century.

Currently, East Midlands Trains operates eight trains a day from Spalding to Lincoln between just before 9am and shortly before 5pm, Monday to Friday.

It goes down to six trains on Saturdays, with the first leaving Spalding at 8.57am and the last at 4.48pm.

People who live in Lincoln but work in Spalding can catch a train at 8am which arrives here at 9.01am, but it is impossible to commute the other way as the first train from Spalding at 8.57am only arrives in Lincoln at just before 10am.

A Network Rail spokesman said: “We have modernised the signalling on the Peterborough to Lincoln line which means the signals are controlled from one centre, rather than many boxes along the line, offering 24-hour signal availability.

“We are happy to work with train companies to accommodate changes to train services as we understand that running a more regular service between Lincoln and Spalding is a possibility.

“But we are also aware that planning discussions are still ongoing.”

Phil Scarlett, president of Spalding and District Chamber of Commerce, said: “A frequent and reliable rail service, both north and south, will provide positive benefits to the business sector in South Holland.

“I genuinely hope the train operator can be persuaded to offer, at a minumum, a better evening service and a new Sunday service.”

An East Midlands Trains spokesman said: “The number of trains we run on this line is specified by the Department of Transport and we are always interested in working with our key partners to examine new service options which offer enhancements to the service we provide to our customers.”

 

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