Nottingham to Lincoln Line

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Nottingham-Lincoln Line
East Midlands Trains Class 153 Lincoln.jpg
A East Midlands Trains class 153 at Lincoln
Type Heavy rail
System National Rail
Status Operational
Locale Lincolnshire
East Midlands
Termini Nottingham
52°56′50″N 1°08′48″W / 52.9471°N 1.1467°W / 52.9471; -1.1467 (Nottingham station)
Lincoln Central
53°13′35″N 0°32′23″W / 53.2263°N 0.5398°W / 53.2263; -0.5398 (Lincoln station)
Stations 13
Opening 1846
Owner Network Rail
Operator(s) East Midlands Trains
East Coast
Rolling stock Class 43 "HST"
Class 153 "Super Sprinter"
Class 156 "Super Sprinter"
Class 158 "Express Sprinter"
Class 222 "Meridian"
No. of tracks Two
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Electrification 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Operating speed 60 mph (100 km/h) maximum
Nottingham to Lincoln Line
Lincoln Central
Newark North Gate
East Coast Main Line
Newark Castle
Burton Joyce
Nottingham to Grantham Line
Nottingham(Nottingham Express Transit Station Street)

The Nottingham to Lincoln Line is a railway line in central England, running from Nottingham north east to Lincoln.

The line between Newark and Lincoln is currently only cleared for 60-mile-per-hour (100 km/h) speeds, Nottinghamshire County Council have paid for a study into 90-mile-per-hour (140 km/h) running.[1]


The Nottingham to Lincoln line was opened by the Midland Railway on 3 August 1846. It was engineered by George Stephenson.[citation needed] Originally the line ended at Lincoln Midland station, later St. Marks which was built as a terminus. The line was later extended to a junction just east of Lincoln Central (ex Great Northern) Station enabling through running from Nottingham to the South Humber ports and Cleethorpes. This extension lead to over a hundred years of pedestrian and driver frustration in Lincon centre as there were 2 mainline level crossing on the High street within 350 metres resulting in congestion and traffic chaos. Lincoln St. Marks railway station was closed (along with its High Street crossing) in the mid 1980s when a diversionary curve was laid to allow services from Nottingham to enter Lincoln Central. The old station building is now part of a shopping centre and houses Lakeland.

Current operations[edit]

Passenger services on the line are provided by East Midlands Trains, using a mix of mainly Class 156 diesel multiple units, Class 158 diesel multiple units, and pairs of Class 153 diesel multiple units. At certain times, Class 156 and Class 153 trains run coupled together. Many trains on this route continue southward of Nottingham to Leicester via the Midland Main Line. Some trains call at Newark North Gate (this is generally the first 2 trains of the day, and the last 2 trains of the day) by running down the spur at the side of the East Coast Main Line and then reversing back again. Many trains also run between Newark Northgate and Lincoln Central throughout the day, usually timed to provide connections to London Kings Cross and other stations on the East Coast Main Line. Every other hour this service continues on to Grimsby Town from Lincoln Central, with the first and last trains of the day continuing to Cleethorpes. Summer Sundays sees a scheduled Newark NG-Lincoln Central - Cleethorpes service. As of 22 May 2011 East Coast now run 1 train a day from London to Lincoln.

The line serves the following places.


The service is generally hourly Monday-Saturday with a less frequent service on Sunday. The first trains usually depart on Sundays in either direction during mid-afternoon, giving no morning Sunday service. One train daily on a Monday to Saturday runs along the line from Lincoln Central to London St. Pancras in the morning, and from London St. Pancras back to Lincoln Central in the evening. It only calls at the busier stations along the line, namely Collingham, Newark Castle, Lowdham (evening journey only), and Nottingham. The train travels along the Midland Main Line for the Nottingham - London portion of the journey. There is also one return train a day run by East Coast from Lincoln to London King's Cross which leaves/joins the Nottingham to Lincoln line at the flat crossing with the ECML just north of Newark NorthGate station.


  1. ^ "90mph plan to slash rail times". Lincolnshire Echo. Northcliffe Media. 8 April 2008. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 

Coordinates: 53°04′36″N 0°50′20″W / 53.0767°N 0.8390°W / 53.0767; -0.8390