The Anonymous Widower

Nottingham To Ilkeston And Back

Ilkeston is a town without a railway station and this is said in Wikpedia about the town and its railway links.

Ilkeston has not had a railway station since 1967, despite its substantial population and the fact that the Midland Main Line (formerly part of the Midland Railway, later the LMS) skirts the eastern edge of the town. Due to recent rail reopenings in similarly-sized towns it is now, by some definitions, the largest town in Britain with no station.

So I had to go to the nearest station at Langley Mill and hopefully, I could organise a taxi. I took these pictures on the journey.

After trying three taxi numbers at Langley Mill and all saying they couldn’t help, I got a bus to Heanor from where I got another bus to Ilkeston. To be fair to the buses, I’ve travelled on much worse services elsewhere in the UK. Cambridge to Haverhill for a start. And I was not issued with a dreaded ticket.

After my meeting, I decide to take the easy route back, so I got an express bus into Nottingham and then use the Nottingham Express Transit to get to the station.

I don’t think that in the twenty-first century, where we’re supposed to use green public transport, that this is the best we can do to get in a reasonable time from Nottingham to Ilkeston.

A related question, is, Is it easier to get to Ilkeston by taking a train to Derby and getting the bus from there?

September 2, 2015 - Posted by | Transport | , , ,

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