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 route is now open 24 hours per day.


The line is not electrified. The line is controlled by Lincoln signalling centre from Werrington Junction to Lincoln, worked under track circuit block regulations (TCB). However, Sleaford East box remains for now: resignalling is due around 2019/2020, when the whole area will switch to York Rail operating centre (ROC) along with Lincoln signalling centre.


  • Werrington Junction (excl) to Spalding: 70mph (Down - toward Doncaster) 75mph (Up - toward Peterborough)
  • Spalding: 50mph
  • Spalding (excl) to Sleaford South Junction: 75mph
  • Sleaford avoiding lines: 55mph
  • Sleaford to Lincoln: 75mph

Level Crossings[edit]

There are a large number of level crossings - Automatic half barriers (AHB), Manually controlled with CCTV (MCB-CCTV) and manually controlled with obstacle detection (MCB-CTTV).


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]

A new grade separated junction at Werrington is to be built around 2019 to allow freight and passenger serves to cross the East Coast Main line.[3]