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East Midlands Parkway railway station

east midlands parkway railway station
East Midlands Parkway railway station is located north of Ratcliffe-on-Soar on the Midland Main Line in the East Midlands of England It provides park and ride facilities for rail passengers on the routes from Leicester to Derby and Nottingham It is also the closest station to East Midlands Airport, some 4 miles 64 km away, which is reached by an hourly minibus service1

The site of the station is in southwest Nottinghamshire, about 500 metres 03 mi from the border with Leicestershire and 1 kilometre 06 mi from that with Derbyshire, between the stations at Loughborough, Long Eaton and Attenborough When it opened, there was a little-used shuttle bus from the station to the airport, but this ceased not long afterwards An hourly minibus service was re-introduced in 20151 The main station building and the 850 vehicle car park are to the west of the line, opposite Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station Road access is via the A453, which provides a link to the nearby three-minute drive M1 motorway

The Midland Main Line is not electrified north of Bedford; therefore, all services are operated by diesel trains This was set to change by 2019 when a scheme to electrify the remainder of the line had been due to be completed This, along with increased line speeds, would have meant that the station would have been under 80 minutes from the capital2 However the electrification scheme was put 'on hold' in the early summer of 2015


  • 1 Description
  • 2 Services
  • 3 History
    • 31 Controversy
    • 32 First year
    • 33 Criticism
  • 4 Facilities
    • 41 Multi-modal
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


East Midlands Parkway is located near the village of Ratcliffe-on-Soar in Nottinghamshire, close to the River Trent where the boundaries of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire meet Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station towers over the railway The station is on the Midland Main Line, which runs from London to Nottingham and Sheffield, 118 miles 20 chains 19030 km from the London terminus at St Pancras3 Just north of the station is Trent Junction, where the lines to Nottingham and Sheffield via Derby diverge There are four platforms, two serving the western, "fast" lines, and two serving the eastern, "slow" lines


Fears were raised by various bodies, notably East Midlands Airport, about the service pattern proposed for the new station4

Donington Park motor racing circuit is close by and the owners expressed their desire for spectators to use the station and coaches to the circuit56 The owners are also in support of any future light rail transport to East Midlands Airport itself

All trains serving the station are operated by EMT using InterCity 125 HST, Class 222 Meridian, or Sprinter Classes 153/156/158 rolling stock The current service pattern from London sees two trains per hour one each to Sheffield & Nottingham, both leaving within seven minutes of each other, whilst the two each hour to London also leave within 10 minutes of one another7 The local service between Leicester and Lincoln Central via Nottingham also calls here once each way every hour

Preceding station National Rail Following station
Leicester East Midlands Trains Midland Main Line Nottingham
Loughborough Long Eaton
Loughborough East Midlands Trains Leicester-Lincoln Beeston
Attenborough Limited service
Nottingham East Midlands Trains Nottingham-Norwich via Loughborough Limited service Loughborough
Derby East Midlands Trains Derby-London via Corby Limited service Melton Mowbray


Building work commenced on the new £255m station on 19 December 2007 and was due to be completed by 14 December 2008, but the station did not finally open until 26 January 20098

The TOC train operating company Midland Mainline was, until October 2006, responsible for the project, which remained in the planning stages for several years for the want of a small piece of land needed for the project Responsibility was then transferred to Network Rail which anticipated expenditure of £5m in 2006/07 and £8m in 2007/089

In its first year of operation the station was used by over 250,000 passengers10


The construction of the station has been controversial Midland Mainline sought Transport and Works Act powers for a compulsorily purchase for the land for the station11 However, private agreements with the relevant landowners were agreed for the land required and the compulsory purchase order powers were therefore not used Objections to the station were received during the planning and Transport & Works Act processes from EON UK the owners of some of the land, Friends of the Earth, Nottinghamshire County Council, and the Campaign to Protect Rural England12

People in nearby towns, notably Loughborough, voiced their concerns that the opening of the station could lead to the reduction in the number of trains stopping there, although this was denied by former operator Midland Mainline Another concern was the possible withdrawal of the existing bus service from Loughborough station to East Midlands Airport In the event, a service from Loughborough to the airport now extended to start from Leicester is still running; however, since 25 April 2010, it has ceased to serve Loughborough railway station13 As a result, there are no longer any direct late-night or early-morning bus services between the railway station and the town centre, with only a limited every 40 minutes service operating on Sundays

First yearedit

To mark the first year of operation of the station, East Midlands Trains offered unlimited travel from the station for the day on Saturday 30 January 2010 under the promotional 'Red Dot Day' banner14 The 850 space car park was full for the first time since the station opened and 2,787 passengers travelled15 The station saw 182,412 journeys in its first full year of operation


The station was criticised as being poorly locatedcitation needed In 2011-12 East Midlands Parkway attracted just over one third of the projected annual passengers16


East Midlands Parkway is a staffed station with four platforms and a ticket office, which is open 06:00–19:30 on Mondays to Saturdays and 07:30–19:30 on Sundays Other facilities include:

  • Ticket vending machine
  • Fast ticket machine
  • Cafe
  • Lifts to all platforms
  • Waiting room
  • Pay phone
  • Cycle storage
  • Accessible toilets
  • Taxi rank
  • Business lounge

East Midlands Parkway is one of the greenest stations built in the United Kingdom It uses a ground-source heating system that was built using locally sourced and recycled materials17

As of late 2009, East Midlands Parkway is a penalty fare station, so a valid ticket or permit to travel must be shown when requested


From 30 March 2009, the station has been used as an interchange station for combined multi-modal journeys Megabus-branded services run by Stagecoach the operators of both East Midlands Trains and of Megabus The MegabusPlus services transport passengers from cities in the north of England to East Midlands Parkway, where passengers transfer to rail for the service to London18

Routes operated under the MegabusPlus brand are to/from:

  • London St Pancras International - Hull via Scunthorpe
  • London St Pancras International - Hull via York, Doncaster and Castleford
  • London St Pancras International - Bradford via Huddersfield and Halifax


  1. ^ "Investing in rail, investing in jobs and growth" Press release Department for Transport 16 July 2012 Retrieved 16 July 2012 
  2. ^ Deaves, Phil "Engineers' Line References: SPC5 Leicester to Ratcliffe Junction" Retrieved 30 June 2013 
  3. ^ "Fears over new station's services" BBC News Online 26 March 2008 Retrieved 26 March 2008 
  4. ^ "More details about Donington Park" GrandPrixcom 15 December 2008 Retrieved 1 January 2009 
  5. ^ "Public transport only to Donington GP" Crashnet 28 November 2008 Retrieved 28 January 2009 
  6. ^ GB National Rail Timetable May 2016 Edition
  7. ^ "New £25m station officially opens" BBC News Online 25 January 2009 Retrieved 26 January 2009 
  8. ^ "Route 19 Midland Main Line and East Midlands" PDF Network Rail 2006 Retrieved 28 March 2008 
  9. ^ "Station beats first year target" BBC News 26 January 2010 Retrieved 26 January 2010 
  10. ^ Statutory Instrument 2005 No 0008 The East Midlands Parkway Station Land Acquisition Order 2005 Coming into force 2005-01-28
  11. ^ "East Midlands Parkway Station Land Acquisition Order" Department for Transport 22 December 2004 Archived from the original on 9 February 2008 Retrieved 28 March 2008 
  12. ^ "More Skylink services for Leicester" Heanor: Kinchbus Limited March 2010 Retrieved 16 October 2011 
  13. ^ http://wwwreddotdaycouk
  14. ^ "Train Timetables" East Midlands Trains 11 December 2011 Retrieved 9 August 2012 
  15. ^ "East Midlands Parkway railway station fails to meet target" BBC News BBC 29 June 2013 Retrieved 30 June 2013 
  16. ^ "Britain’s ‘greenest’ mainline station opened by Hoon" Railnews 26 January 2009 Retrieved 27 July 2011 
  17. ^ "Britain's 'greenest' mainline station opened by Hoon" Rail News 26 January 2008 Retrieved 4 February 2008 introducing a new MegabusPlus service This will transport passengers from town and cities in the North to East Midlands Parkway, where they will complete their journeys south by train 

External linksedit

  • Train times and station information for East Midlands Parkway railway station from National Rail
  • East Midlands Parkway Station Information
  • East Midlands Parkway Car Parking
  • Raillink bus information

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