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Business Club Calls for Change

Members of Newark Business Club Action Group have drawn up a response on the recent East Midlands rail franchise consultation to drive development and steer future planning.

The 58-page document ‘East Midlands Rail Franchise: Objectives for Nottingham – Lincoln Line’ was submitted on behalf of Newark Business Club, which represents 1000 members, to the East Midlands Consultation Co-ordinator of the Department for Transport on 19th September.

Amy Codd, Chair of Newark Business Club, said: “Good transport links are imperative for sustained business growth in the area, both for new and established businesses. Newark has plenty to offer businesses and those wishing to work in and around the town, but transport links need to improve to keep up with those developments.”

The Action Group has been working closely with transport advisor Bob Poynter to draw up a list of key objectives for the next franchise. These include:

• deliver economic, financial, social and economic benefits across the East Midlands by improving connectivity,

• contribute towards accelerating housing and job growth and the associated tax take,

• drive a modal shift in journeys from road to rail,

• make a significant contribution towards the Government’s objective to improve air quality especially in Derby and the four Air Quality Management Areas served by the Midland Main Line where there are dangers to human health.

James Fountain, Chair of the Newark Business Club Action Group, said: “Our vision is to help create a dynamic economic environment that will make Newark a vibrant and rewarding market town to live, work and visit.

“We welcome the comprehensive list of options that the Government has set out for consultation but strongly urge them to significantly increase the share of the expenditure spent on railways in the East Midlands.”

James, Bob and the rest of the Action Group have put some thought into how to deliver the key objectives, these include:

• faster journey times with high performance trains, infrastructure improvements, and alterations to service patterns,

• increased service frequencies with 2tph the minimum frequency on routes connecting key cities,

• an increase in rolling stock to eliminate overcrowding,

• comfortable trains with adequate seating that encourage people to transfer from their cars,

• a simple ticketing system that provides good value for money.

James concluded: “The Government should apply the lessons from the Chiltern Line and require bidders for the East Midlands franchise to commit to funding new trains and infrastructure enhancements in return for a longer franchise.

“We also consider the Government’s decision not to electrify the Midland Main Line as short-sighted and anti-business. We urge them to reconsider the issues as a matter of urgency.”

For more information about Newark Business Club and the Action Group please visit: www.newarkbusinessclub.co.uk


Nottingham and Lincoln are two of the major cities that drive economic growth in the East Midlands. The railway line through Newark Castle that connects the two has a train service that is arguably one of the worst in the UK. The service frequency is around half that of some seaside branch lines and the fastest journey time is slower than over 100 years ago with an average time of no less than 60 minutes for the 33¾ mile end-to-end journey.

It’s time for change and we are mounting a campaign to persuade Government that there is a persuasive argument for improvements to the service between Nottingham, Newark and Lincoln. Without these improvements the economic development of the areas will be seriously affected. Join us now by clicking on the petition button below. Our aim is to get over 5,000 signatures and secure change.

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  • Castle Line links Nottingham with Newark and Lincoln
  • Over £2m of local and government funding providing significant increase in East Midlands Trains services
  • Passengers will benefit from more services and faster journey times
  • New services start Monday 18th May

Rail passengers using Nottingham will soon be enjoying extra services and quicker journeys, following the confirmation of the new timetable for the Castle Line this week.

As announced by East Midlands Trains in September, services between Nottingham, Newark Castle and Lincoln Central will see significant improvements following more than £2million of local and government funding. Passengers using Nottingham will benefit from:

  • Additional 25 trains every weekday between Newark Castle and Nottingham
  • Faster journey times on the majority of services to Lincoln
  • Extending the majority of the current Matlock to Nottingham services to Newark Castle
  • More trains for all stations, with intermediate stations enjoying more weekday services than ever before

- See more at: http://www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk/information/media/news/Improvements-for-Rail-Passengers-using-Nottingham-as-new-Castle-Line-timetable-confirmed/#sthash.1W64lbhv.dpuf

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