Spalding could have a link to Skegness - with or without a new track
A former rail timetable planner says Spalding could have a link to Skegness - with or without a new track.
Last week we revealed that think tank Greengauge 21 has suggested building a track parallel with the South Forty Foot Drain between Donington and Swineshead that would re-establish a direct Spalding-Boston route for the first time in more than 50 years.
David Mortimer, of the Spalding Trains Services Group, says he would support the idea - but fears it could cost too much.
Earlier this year he mapped out a possible timetable to connect Spalding to Skegness via Sleaford and Boston on the existing track - and calculated that a service every two hours, taking about an hour and a half, was possible.
He said: “I think it could be in demand in the summer.
“I worked out some times between Spalding and Skegness but it’s very hard because between Sleaford and Boston there are so many single line sections.
“The whole line would have to be re-signalled - and that would cost a lot of money - but I would like to see that.”
He agrees with Greengauge that the area could benefit from investment in the railways - which once served many more towns and villages.
He said: “There are a lot of things they could do to improve things in south Lincolnshire. Donington is in need of a station and also Pinchbeck - that’s a built up area. Littleworth (Deeping St Nicholas) could also be a park and ride for the whole Market Deeping and Crowland area.”
He said Donington could take heart from the successful campaign to open a station at Reston in Scotland, which has about a sixth of its population.
Mr Mortimer has also called for LNER’s Lincoln-London service to stop at Spalding - particularly given that services are diverted through the town on Sundays.
LNER said Spalding is not part of the timetable it devised for 2022 - while East Midlands Railway said any new tracks or routes would be a matter for the Government.
Network Rail is yet to comment on Greengauge’s suggestions for a new track.