The Anonymous Widower

From Peterborough To Lincoln

The Peterborough to Lincoln Line is part of the Great Northern and Great Eastern Joint Railway, from Doncaster to Peterborough, which is increasingly used as a by-pass for freight and other trains from the East Coast Main Line.

The line leaves the East Coast Main Line at Werrington Junction and then runs through the flat Lincolnshire countyside to Lincoln via Spalding and Sleaford.

These pictures show the character of the line.

I’ve never seen so many level crossings and so much featureless countryside.

Surprisingly, I only saw one other train which was another single carriage Class 153 train going the other way.

It would appear that the line generally has an hourly service between Peterbrough and Lincoln and the Nottingham to Skegness Line has an hourly service through Sleaford.

This Google Map shows the lines around Sleaford.

Sleaford

Sleaford

The line from Peterborough comes in at the South East corner with Lincoln to the North and Grantham and Nottingham to the West. The map clearly show the avoiding line connecting Lincoln to Peterborough, so that freight trains can by-pass the town.

The Route Utilisation Strategy (RUS) for the East Midlands felt that services could be improved by joining services together in Lincoln to free up platform space. Perhaps too the trains on the two lines should be more co-ordinated so that changing trains at Sleaford was easier. If you want to go from Skegness to Lincoln by train, some trains have only a few minutes wait, whilst changing at Sleaford, but others the wait is half an hour. I don’t know Sleaford station, but it may be a nice place to wait for a train!

This report on the BBC is entitled Cornwall rail network to get £146m investment.

So could the railways of Lincolnshire be improved, by giving more local control to the county?

September 15, 2015 - Posted by | Transport | , ,

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