East Midlands Parkway railway station

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East Midlands Parkway National Rail
East Midlands Parkway railway station MMB 12.jpg
Place Ratcliffe-on-Soar
Local authority Borough of Rushcliffe
Coordinates 52°51′45″N 1°15′48″W / 52.8625°N 1.2632°W / 52.8625; -1.2632Coordinates: 52°51′45″N 1°15′48″W / 52.8625°N 1.2632°W / 52.8625; -1.2632
Grid reference SK496296
Station code EMD
Managed by East Midlands Trains
Number of platforms 4
DfT category C1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 0.262 million
– Interchange  Increase 24,896
2012/13 Increase 0.284 million
– Interchange  Decrease 24,281
2013/14 Increase 0.328 million
– Interchange  Decrease 22,083
2014/15 Decrease 0.304 million
– Interchange  Increase 24,393
2015/16 Increase 0.306 million
– Interchange  Increase 25,346
26 January 2009 Opened
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at East Midlands Parkway from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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East Midlands Parkway is built next to Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station.

East Midlands Parkway railway station is located north of Ratcliffe-on-Soar on the Midland Main Line in the East Midlands of England. It provides park and ride facilities for rail passengers on the routes from Leicester to Derby and Nottingham. It is also the closest station to East Midlands Airport, some 4 miles (6.4 km) away, which is reached by an hourly minibus service.[1]

The site of the station is in southwest Nottinghamshire, about 500 metres (0.3 mi) from the border with Leicestershire and 1 kilometre (0.6 mi) from that with Derbyshire, between the stations at Loughborough, Long Eaton and Attenborough. When it opened, there was a little-used shuttle bus from the station to the airport, but this ceased not long afterwards. An hourly minibus service was re-introduced in 2015.[1] The main station building and the 850 vehicle car park are to the west of the line, opposite Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station. Road access is via the A453, which provides a link to the nearby (three-minute drive) M1 motorway.

The Midland Main Line is not electrified north of Bedford; therefore, all services are operated by diesel trains. This was set to change by 2019 when a scheme to electrify the remainder of the line had been due to be completed. This, along with increased line speeds, would have meant that the station would have been under 80 minutes from the capital.[2] However the electrification scheme was put 'on hold' in the early summer of 2015.


East Midlands Parkway is located near the village of Ratcliffe-on-Soar in Nottinghamshire, close to the River Trent where the boundaries of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire meet. Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station towers over the railway. The station is on the Midland Main Line, which runs from London to Nottingham and Sheffield, 118 miles 20 chains (190.30 km) from the London terminus at St Pancras.[3] Just north of the station is Trent Junction, where the lines to Nottingham and Sheffield (via Derby) diverge. There are four platforms, two serving the western, "fast" lines, and two serving the eastern, "slow" lines.


Fears were raised by various bodies, notably East Midlands Airport, about the service pattern proposed for the new station.[4]

Donington Park motor racing circuit is close by and the owners expressed their desire for spectators to use the station and coaches to the circuit.[5][6] The owners are also in support of any future light rail transport to East Midlands Airport itself.

All trains serving the station are operated by EMT using InterCity 125 (HST), Class 222 Meridian, or Sprinter (Classes 153/156/158) rolling stock. The current service pattern from London sees two trains per hour (one each to Sheffield & Nottingham), both leaving within seven minutes of each other, whilst the two each hour to London also leave within 10 minutes of one another.[7] The local service between Leicester and Lincoln Central via Nottingham also calls here once each way every hour.

Preceding station National Rail Following station
East Midlands Trains
East Midlands Trains
Limited service
East Midlands Trains
Nottingham-Norwich (via Loughborough)
Limited service
East Midlands Trains
Limited service


Building work commenced on the new £25.5m station on 19 December 2007 and was due to be completed by 14 December 2008, but the station did not finally open until 26 January 2009.[8] It was designed by MacKellar Architecture Limited.[9]

The TOC (train operating company) Midland Mainline was, until October 2006, responsible for the project, which remained in the planning stages for several years for the want of a small piece of land needed for the project. Responsibility was then transferred to Network Rail which anticipated expenditure of £5m in 2006/07 and £8m in 2007/08.[10]

In its first year of operation the station was used by over 250,000 passengers.[11]


The construction of the station has been controversial; Midland Mainline sought Transport and Works Act (T&WA) powers to compulsorily purchase the land for the station.[12] However, private agreements with the relevant landowners were agreed for the land required and the compulsory purchase order powers were therefore not used. Objections to the station were received during the planning and T&WA process from E.ON UK (the owners of some of the land), Friends of the Earth, Nottinghamshire County Council, and the Campaign to Protect Rural England.[13]

People in nearby towns, notably Loughborough, voiced their concerns that the opening of the station could lead to the reduction in the number of trains stopping there, although this was denied by former operator Midland Mainline. Another concern was the possible withdrawal of the existing bus service from Loughborough station to East Midlands Airport. In the event, a service from Loughborough to the airport (now extended to start from Leicester) is still running; however, since 25 April 2010, it has ceased to serve Loughborough railway station.[14] As a result, there are no longer any direct late-night or early-morning bus services between the railway station and the town centre, with only a limited (every 40 minutes) service operating on Sundays.

First year[edit]

To mark the first year of operation of the station, East Midlands Trains offered unlimited travel from the station for the day on Saturday 30 January 2010 under the promotional 'Red Dot Day' banner.[15] The 850 space car park was full for the first time since the station opened and 2,787 passengers travelled.[16] The station saw 182,412 journeys in its first full year of operation.


The station was criticised as being poorly located.[citation needed] In 2011-12 East Midlands Parkway attracted just over one third of the projected annual passengers.[17]


East Midlands Parkway is a staffed station with four platforms and a ticket office, which is open 06:00–19:30 on Mondays to Saturdays and 07:30–19:30 on Sundays. Other facilities include:

East Midlands Parkway is one of the greenest stations built in the United Kingdom. It uses a ground-source heating system was built using locally sourced and recycled materials.[18]

As of late 2009, East Midlands Parkway is a penalty fare station, so a valid ticket or permit to travel must be shown when requested.


From 30 March 2009, the station has been used as an interchange station for combined multi-modal journeys Megabus-branded services run by Stagecoach (the operators of both East Midlands Trains and of Megabus). The MegabusPlus services transport passengers from cities in the north of England to East Midlands Parkway, where passengers transfer to rail for the service to London.[19]

Routes operated under the MegabusPlus brand are to/from:


  1. ^ "Investing in rail, investing in jobs and growth" (Press release). Department for Transport. 16 July 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Deaves, Phil. "Engineers' Line References: SPC5 Leicester to Ratcliffe Junction". Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Fears over new station's services.". BBC News Online. 26 March 2008. Retrieved 26 March 2008. 
  4. ^ "More details about Donington Park". GrandPrix.com. 15 December 2008. Retrieved 1 January 2009. 
  5. ^ "Public transport only to Donington GP". Crash.net. 28 November 2008. Retrieved 28 January 2009. 
  6. ^ GB National Rail Timetable May 2016 Edition
  7. ^ "New £25m station officially opens". BBC News Online. 25 January 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  8. ^ http://www.mackellar.co.uk/tra1.htm
  9. ^ "Route 19 Midland Main Line and East Midlands" (PDF). Network Rail. 2006. Retrieved 28 March 2008. 
  10. ^ "Station beats first year target". BBC News. 26 January 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  11. ^ Statutory Instrument 2005 No. 0008 The East Midlands Parkway Station (Land Acquisition) Order 2005 (Coming into force 2005-01-28)
  12. ^ "East Midlands Parkway Station (Land Acquisition) Order". Department for Transport. 22 December 2004. Archived from the original on 9 February 2008. Retrieved 28 March 2008. 
  13. ^ "More Skylink services for Leicester". Heanor: Kinchbus Limited. March 2010. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  14. ^ http://www.reddotday.co.uk
  15. ^ "Train Timetables". East Midlands Trains. 11 December 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  16. ^ "East Midlands Parkway railway station fails to meet target". BBC News. BBC. 29 June 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  17. ^ "Britain’s ‘greenest’ mainline station opened by Hoon". Railnews. 26 January 2009. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  18. ^ "Britain's 'greenest' mainline station opened by Hoon". Rail News. 26 January 2008. Retrieved 4 February 2008. ... introducing a new MegabusPlus service. This will transport passengers from town and cities in the North to East Midlands Parkway, where they will complete their journeys south by train. 

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