‘Boost’ to Skegness season despite railway works

Skegness Pier earlier this summer.
Skegness Pier earlier this summer.

Visitor numbers have been reported as being ‘better than expected’ this year, giving a much needed boost to the area despite travel disruption at Nottingham Station.

Hopes for a busy season have provided the ‘feel good factor’ in the area for hotels, B&Bs, and guest house owners, as bookings have been better than in the past two years combined, according to a tourism leader.

George Facey of SECWHA, speaking at a recent Skegness & District Chamber of Commerce meeting, said that town was enjoying a busy period and hoteliers were dealing with it well despite booking shorter stays.

“People are booking differently, they may be here three or four days.” George said.

But he urged that hoteliers should be grateful for ‘small mercies’ as people were choosing to come.

However, there were mixed views from the chamber and one cafe owner is alleged to have said they thought day tripper numbers were down by 2,000-3,000.

David Fisher, vice chair of the chamber, said he heard the Skegness Railway Station cafe owner was adamant that the work had cost him thousands as day trippers were being put off by the connections.

However, Mark Mageean for Stagecoach East Midlands said Skegness has had ‘some of its busiest days ever’ and Tony Tye, chair of the chamber, said he would question the 2-3,000 down figure.

The worst of the rail disruption is now over, although a reduced service and some replacement buses are expected to come back into force on the August Bank Holiday weekend between Nottingham and Skegness.