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“Lincoln Christmas Market well its getting near the time but still unable to attend as East Midland trains fail to provide a rail service from Spalding yes you can get to Lincoln but you have to return back to Spalding on 16.01 as this is the last train back or get 18.18 change at Newark 30 minute wait and change at Peterborough 38 minute wait but on the Saturday you leave Lincoln 16.54 change at Newark 41 minute wait and at Peterborough 5 minute wait but if you miss that connection its a 1 hour 57 minute wait at a higher fare via Peterborough I am sure this train company have no interest in South Lincolnshire they sooner have a service later services to Nottingham and Leicester. Come on East Midland Trains Lincoln Christmas Market has been going for quiet a number of years but people from South Lincolnshire can not attend due to no rail service.”

By Davie40 Posted: May 04, 2012


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  • gsx1100  |  May 04 2012, 5:15PM

    Why not ask around locally if there is any interest in getting a coach trip to the market. If you get an estimate from a local firm, it may be a more attractive proposal to some people than using their car.

  • linkyork  |  May 05 2012, 8:46AM

    gsx1100 - I think the point is that Davie40 wants to go by rail and is highlighting the poor service on this line. THere are two main reason, the first being the very high cost of operating the line due to the numerous manned signal boxes and crossing boxes. Hopefully if the suggested upgraded takes place when the signalling is moved to Lincoln then a more intensive service could operate. However the other problem is that at "privatisation" the main train crew operation was moved from Peterborough to Nottingham and until this is brought back locally no improvement can be expected. There is even a gap in the service while the train crew have their meal break.

  • gsx1100  |  May 05 2012, 8:26PM

    If you read the post, linkyork, Davie40 states,"....people from South Lincolnshire can not attend due to no rail service." Yes they can. If visitors from Europe, and further afield, can organise a trip, then a +/- 40 mile trip should be a piece of cake. There are other forms of transport and without knowing Davie40's train of thought (no pun intended) offered an alternative.


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