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Campaigners hail best Spalding rail service in modern times - and now set their sights on Sunday trains

Campaigners hailed their new Spalding rail services - and called for a Sunday service for the town.

Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum has been asking for better connections to Lincoln for a number of years - and got its wish in the new May timetable.

East Midlands Railways now offers 15 services from Spalding to Lincoln - starting at 6.52am and running to 11.32pm in the week.

The last Spalding Shuttle, photo by Martin Jones (47571780)
The last Spalding Shuttle, photo by Martin Jones (47571780)

There are also 15 services running the other way to Peterborough - beginning at 7.03am and running to 10.29pm.

The timetable began on May 17 and runs until December.

At the forum meeting on Saturday, MP Sir John Hayes praised chairman George Scott for his persistence and said: “For years we have been arguing for extra trains to Lincoln and finally we have got more services.

“We have been pressing for this for 15 years or 20 years and we have finally got them to see sense.

“That’s now in place - it’s a much more extensive service than we have ever had in our town in modern times.”

Mr Scott vowed: “Now we need to get a Sunday service.”

He said the previous arrangements have held the area back - with people unable to commute to Lincoln - and not able to use rail services to get to big events in the city.

He said: “We had Christmas markets and things like that where people could get there and couldn’t get back.

“We might be able to bring jobs into Spalding with an improved service.”

Mr Scott is now in talks with rail operators to see what impact the Government’s planned new ‘Great British Railways’ service could have on our service.

With all services now running through from Peterborough to Lincoln, it means the old ‘Spalding to Peterborough shuttles’ have made their final journey - having first run on the line in 1971.

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