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ADDITIONAL train services to Skegness have been given the go ahead by three different rail operators.

Regular services direct from Derby will operate over the summer and two special one-off rail excursions from London have also been scheduled.

Hoteliers, holiday operators and town officials hope that the increased accessibility will enable Skegness to consolidate and expand upon its traditional tourist links.

Skegness East Coast and Wolds Hoteliers Association chairman Nigel Tett said: “The day trips can open Skegness up to a new market - if they come for a day this time they might come for a week next year.”

Mr Tett also welcomed the eight carriage services from Derby as a town from which many of Skegness’s regular visitors originate.

The East Midlands Trains service will operate every Saturday from July 23 to September 10 via Nottingham.

A spokesperson for East Midlands Trains said: “As part of our plans to provide additional capacity for holiday makers travelling to Skegness during the busy period of summer we will once again be running an additional eight carriage train which will provide hundreds of extra seats.”

However Mr Tett felt that more could be done to offer eight carriage services throughout the summer to alleviate the problem of overcrowding which he believes to be the biggest problem over the holiday season.

Although no regular services have been confirmed East Midlands Trains has said that it does try to strengthen services between Nottingham and Skegness ‘wherever possible’.

The confirmation of two rail excursions from London St Pancras follow a successful day trip last summer which highlighted Skegness’s potential to capitalise on a different kind of market.

On Saturday, April 9, the Railway Touring Company are running a steam locomotive picking up passengers from Potters Bar and Peterborough.

Operators selected Skegness as the final destination because of public interest and the range of attractions offered to its visitors.

Organisers of last year’s Jolly Fisherman Tour, UK Railtours, were sufficiently satisfied with the success of the day trip that they have scheduled a repeat outing on Saturday, September 17.

Town centre manager Stefan Krause believes the popularity of these tours could open the way for regular direct connections with the capital, which have been previously alluded to by Network Rail. “There is a huge potential with these special trains and gives evidence to show that there is a market out there if the rail links are improved and we will keep chasing for it.”