High speed train makes first trip to Skegness

Isobel Pickering and family at the naming ceremony for Pebbles the train
Isobel Pickering and family at the naming ceremony for Pebbles the train

A new high speed train called Pebbles has made its first journey between Derby and Skegness complete with a very special passenger.

On board was four-year-old Isobel Pickering who won a competition to name the train. Isobel,from Long Eaton, was joined by her family for the debut trip to help officially unveil the train’s new name at Skegness station.

Service operator East Midlands Trains will be providing an extra 10,000 seats between Derby and Skegness throughout the summer.

Customers travelling around Skegness can also take advantage of the family of specially designed, Stagecoach East Midlands open top buses. Candy, Rocky, Sandy, Pierre, Shelly, Salty, Rolly, Milly and Hattie are all open top buses, complete with eye-catching designs, inspired by the resort.

They travel between Skegness, Butlins, Fantasy Island and Ingoldmells throughout the summer, offering value deals including a Family DayRider, providing ‘hop on – hop off’ tickets for a family of five for £10.

Kirsty Green, area station manager for East Midlands Trains, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Pebbles to the growing family of trains and buses helping customers travel to Skegness and enjoy their time by the seaside.

“Our additional Saturday trains provide nearly 10,000 extra seats between Derby and Skegness throughout the summer and combined with the excellent value Skegness Seasider deals and fantastic open top buses it all helps to provide a great offer for customers throughout the summer.”

Andy Smith, commercial manager south for East Midlands Buses, said: “We are delighted that the award winning Seasider Family is expanding this year.

“We already have three new additions; Rolly, Milly and Hattie and with Pebbles the high speed train joining now as well, it is great news for Skegness.

“All this adds to the family holiday experience knowing you can get straight off the train and on to a bus.”

The additional services between Derby and Skegness run as follows:

0753 Derby to Skegness - calling Long Eaton 0803, Beeston 0812, Nottingham 0824, Sleaford 0917, Boston 0949 and Skegness 1026.

1140 Skegness to Derby - calling Boston 1225, Sleaford 1247, Nottingham 1352, Beeston 1359, Long Eaton 1408 and Derby 1420.

In addition, an hourly service operates between Nottingham and Skegness.

To find out more and book tickets, visit: eastmidlandstrains.co.uk

Seasider buses run every 10 minutes during the summer, departing from just outside Skegness railway station. More information can be found at: https://www.stagecoachbus.com/SEM-skegnessseasiders.aspx