Skegness summer train service disruption ‘not as bad as reported’

Fears over summer train service disruptions in Skegness have been downplayed by the business community.
Fears over summer train service disruptions in Skegness have been downplayed by the business community.
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The significant timetable alterations for services to and from Skegness this summer are ‘not as bad as has been reported’ business representatives have said.

East Midlands Trains will not be operating direct trains between Nottingham and Skegness for 14 of the days between July 20 and August 25 due to major station improvements.

Although the works fall at the coast’s busiest time, Skegness and District Chamber of Commerce member Mark Mageean believes it won’t be ‘too much of a problem’.

Reporting on transport matters at Monday’s meeting Mr Mageean said: “It’s not as bad as has been reported - we should take a more positive spin on it.

“Hopefully if it’s not reported in too much of a negative light, it won’t make too much of a problem.”

Despite the disruption, bus services will be operating between Nottingham and Grantham throughout the period with direct trains linking to the coast.

Direct services will also operate as normal for every weekend apart from August 3 and 5 and August 24 and 25.

And weekday services will be unaffected between July 22 and 26 and again between August 12 and 23. All other weekday services during the period of work will involve bus replacements between Nottingham and Grantham,

Town manager Stefan Krause’s only concern was that the type of buses used to replace train services would be appropriate.

“The people travelling have buggies, suitcases and everything else,” he said.

Mr Mageean felt the buses would cause few problems as ‘they are often better than the train would be’.

Visit East Midland Trains’ [http://www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk/nottingham|website] to check timetables.