Peterborough to Lincoln Line

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Peterborough to Lincoln Line
Type Heavy rail
System National Rail
Status Operational
Locale East Midlands
Termini Peterborough
Stations 6
Owner Network Rail
Operator(s) East Midlands Trains
Rolling stock Class 153 "Sprinter"
Class 156 "Sprinter"
Line length ~24 mi (39 km)
No. of tracks Two
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification 25 kV AC OHLE (part)
Peterborough to Lincoln Line
( To Doncaster )
Lincoln Central
Branston and Heighington
Potter Hanworth
Nocton and Dunston
Scopwick and Timberland
( To Grantham )
To Skegness )
Donington Road
St James Deeping
( To Grantham )
( To Stevenage and London )
All minor stations
closed on Sundays

The Peterborough to Lincoln Line is a railway line linking Peterborough and Lincoln Central, via Sleaford and Spalding.[1]


The section between Peterborough and Spalding closed to passengers on 5 October 1970 and re-opened on 7 June 1971. North of Spalding, Ruskington re-opened on 5 May 1975. Metheringham followed on 6 October 1975.[citation needed]

Intermediate stations south of Sleaford did not re-open; See Diagram. There has been agitation by local communities to re-open Littleworth on a park-and-ride basis for Peterborough.


The towns and villages served by the route are listed below.

The route has a regular role as a diversionary route for trains from the East Coast Main Line.[citation needed]

The line has a regular weekday daytime service but is closed between Sleaford & Spalding in the evenings (due to the high staffing costs associated with the large number of manned level crossings on this section) and has no Sunday service.


The line is not electrified.


One person died and 30 people were injured in the Nocton rail accident when a train hit a vehicle on the tracks at the site of a removed bridge, on 28 December 2002.

On 6 December 2004 two people died in a collision between a car and a class 153 DMU on a user operated crossing south east of Helpringham.[2]

Proposed developments[edit]

In October 2008, Network Rail obtained funding for the £233 million upgrade of the line to allow frequent passenger and freight traffic to use the line and free up paths on the busy East Coast Main Line. In 2012 work started on the project, which will finish at the end of 2014.[3] This will include the renewal & automation of more than 60 level crossings and the full reopening of the Sleaford avoiding line, with control passing to the Lincoln Signalling Centre.


  1. ^ "Route 11 South Cross- Pennine, South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire". Network Rail. Retrieved 7 August 2009. 
  2. ^ "BBC News - Inquiry starts at rail crash site". 7 December 2004. Retrieved 17 August 2009. 
  3. ^ The Institution of Railway Operators - GN-GE Project; Retrieved 10 January 2014