Rail disruption ends following work to repair a bridge which collapsed on the Nottingham to Skegness ‘Poacher Line’

HOLIDAYMAKERS taking the train to Skegness have received some good news - after emergency repairs to a collapsed bridge on the Nottingham to Skegness line were completed overnight.

Services on the Poacher Line between Nottingham and Grantham were halted on Friday after a landslide damaged a bridge near Bottesford.

Trains were running as normal between Grantham and Skegness, but restricted bus replacement services between Nottingham and Grantham meant that holidaymakers looking to head to the coast from the heart of the Midlands were left with a major travel headache.

But the disruption has now ended after work to repair the bridge was completed much sooner than expected.

Normal services resumed on the line at 9am this morning (Sunday).

The news is a welcome surprise for commuters. At the time of the landslide on Thursday, East Midlands Trains (EMT) warned that the scale of the damage made it difficult to estimate when the damage would be repaired.

And just yesterday morning (Saturday) a statement on the front page of the EMT website was still warning that repairs could take “several days”.

So news that services returned to normal less than 24 hours later will be a massive boost for travellers and the tourism industry in Skegness.