Extra 25,000 train seats and buses to be added for Lincoln Christmas Market

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More than 25,000 extra train seats and added bus services are being provided to visitors of the Lincoln Christmas Market.

The market, which takes place between Thursday, December 1 and Sunday, December 4, will this year feature around 300 stalls and welcome crowds similar to last year’s total of 250,000 visitors.

Bus services

Photo: File/The Lincolnite

Photo: File/The Lincolnite

Extra bus services will be put on from the bus station on Tentercroft Street up to Lincoln Cathedral throughout the Christmas Market weekend.

Claire McDowall, Principal Events and Culture Officer for City Council, said: “Using the local bus services from Stagecoach is an easy way to travel to the market.

“We hope that both locals and visitors take advantage of the services including the park and ride from the Lincolnshire Showground.”

Bus services 7 and 8 will serve the market with extra services being provided in the evening.

All Stagecoach East Midlands services will run from Stand G at the Tentercroft Street Bus Station and Broadgate to Pottergate at the cathedral.

Fares will be £1.20 for an adult single and £2.20 return, 60p for a child single and £1.10 return, Lincoln Dayrider, Megarider, (& Plus), MegaConnect and East Midlands Day Out tickets can also be used.

Thursday and Friday

Between 9.40am and 6.10pm Services 7 and 8 will operate every 10 minutes to and from the Bus Station and the Christmas Market.

Between 6.30pm and 9.45pm Service 7 will operate every 15 minutes to and from the Bus Station with the last bus at 10pm from the Christmas Market

Saturday

Between 9.40am and 3.10pm Services 7 and 8 will operate every 10 minutes to and from the Bus Station and Christmas Market.

Between 3.30pm and 9.45pm Service 7 and 8 will operate every 15 minutes from the Bus Station with the last bus at 10pm from the Christmas Market

Sunday

Between 9.30am and 5.45pm Service 7 will operate every 15 minutes to and from the Bus Station and Christmas Market, with the last bus departing the Market at 6pm.

A park and ride will also be in service from the Lincolnshire Showground. This can be booked in advance online here. 

East Midlands Train services

East Midlands Trains

Photo: East Midlands Trains

East Midlands Trains will be providing more than 25,000 extra seats on journeys to Lincoln, as well as extended services to Sheffield, Derby and Nottingham.

Rob Mercer, Area Station Manager for East Midlands Trains, said: “Lincoln Christmas Market is one of the most popular events anywhere on our network and we are delighted to help bring thousands of visitors from across the country and beyond to the city over the weekend.”

Customers are advised to book tickets in advance to avoid queues on the day.

Details of the additional train services are as follows:

Friday 2nd December

Additional service to Lincoln:

1739 Nottingham to Lincoln calling at Newark Castle (1803) and Lincoln (1829)

Most other Local Lincolnshire services will operate with additional carriages wherever possible

Saturday 3rd December

Additional services to Lincoln:

0831 Doncaster to Lincoln calling at Gainsborough Lea Road (0902), Saxilby (0913) and Lincoln (0925).

0835 Derby to Lincoln calling at Long Eaton (0844), Beeston (0851), Nottingham (0903), Carlton (0912), Burton Joyce (0917), Lowdham (0922), Fiskerton (0930), Newark Castle (0939), Hykeham (1000) and Lincoln (1012).

0933 Sheffield to Lincoln calling at Chesterfield (0947), Alfreton (0957), Langley Mill (1005), Nottingham (1023) and Lincoln (1116)

0951 Cleethorpes to Newark North Gate calling at Grimsby Town (0959), Habrough (1009), Barnetby (1021), Market Rasen (1037), Lincoln (1058) and Newark North Gate (1120).

1000 Peterborough to Lincoln calling at Spalding (1022), Sleaford (1051), Ruskington (1101), Metheringham (1111) and Lincoln (1126).

1107 Nottingham to Lincoln calling at Carlton (1114), Lowdham (1121), Fiskerton (1129), Newark Castle (1138), Collingham (1151), Hykeham (1201) and Lincoln (1213).

1124 Newark North Gate to Lincoln calling at Collingham (1133), Swinderby (1138), Hykeham (1145) and Lincoln (1156).

1202 Sleaford to Lincoln calling at Ruskington (1211), Metheringham (1221) and Lincoln (1236)

1228 Nottingham to Lincoln express (1318)

1350 Nottingham to Lincoln calling at Carlton (1357), Lowdham (1404), Newark Castle (1419), Collingham (1432), Hykeham (1442) and Lincoln (1453)

1432 Newark North Gate to Lincoln express (1503)

1546 Newark North Gate to Lincoln express (1622)

1607 Nottingham to Lincoln calling at Newark Castle (1643) and Lincoln (1710)

1641 Nottingham to Lincoln express (1737)

1741 Nottingham to Lincoln calling at Newark Castle (1802) and Lincoln (1830)#

Additional services from Lincoln:

1251 Lincoln to Nottingham calling at Newark Castle (1315), Lowdham (1327) and Nottingham (1341)

1354 Lincoln to Newark North Gate express (1426)

1458 Lincoln to Nottingham calling at Collingham (1512), Newark Castle (1523), Fiskerton (1531), Lowdham (1539), Carlton (1545) and Nottingham (1556)

1516 Lincoln to Newark North Gate express (1541)

1530 Lincoln to Sleaford calling at Metheringham (1542), Ruskington (1551) and Sleaford (1602).

1605 Lincoln to Cleethorpes calling at Market Rasen (1621), Barnetby (1638), Habrough (1648), Grimsby Town (1700) and Cleethorpes (1711)

1629 Lincoln to Sheffield calling at Nottingham (1716), Langley Mill (1737), Alfreton (1747), Chesterfield (1805) and Sheffield (1830).

1643 Lincoln to Peterborough calling at Metheringham (1655), Ruskington (1705), Sleaford (1715), Spalding (1744) and Peterborough (1809)

1716 Lincoln to Derby calling at Hykeham (1725), Collingham (1734), Newark Castle (1745), Fiskerton (1758), Lowdham (1807), Carlton (1817), Nottingham (1826), Beeston (1833), Long Eaton (1841) and Derby (1900).

1802 Lincoln to Derby calling at Nottingham (1902), Beeston (1919), Long Eaton (1929) and Derby (1947).

1859 Lincoln to Nottingham calling at Hykeham (1906), Swinderby (1913), Collingham (1918), Newark Castle (1928), Fiskerton (1936), Lowdham (1943), Burton Joyce (1948), Carlton (1952) and Nottingham (2001).

Most other Local Lincolnshire services will operate with additional carriages wherever possible

Sunday 4th December

Additional services to Lincoln:

0911 Peterborough to Lincoln calling at Spalding (0931), Sleaford (1000), Ruskington (1009), Metheringham (1018) and Lincoln 1032.

0945 Newark North Gate to Lincoln calling at Collingham (0954), Swinderby (0959), Hykeham (1005) and Lincoln 1015.

1011 Peterborough to Lincoln calling at Spalding (1031), Sleaford (1100), Ruskington (1109), Metheringham (1118) and Lincoln 1132.

1050 Newark North Gate to Lincoln calling at Collingham (1059), Swinderby (1104), Hykeham (1110) and Lincoln 1120.

1201 Sleaford to Lincoln calling at Ruskington (1209), Metheringham (1219) and Lincoln (1233).

1235 Newark North Gate to Lincoln calling at Collingham (1244), Swinderby (1249), Hykeham (1255) and Lincoln 1305.

Additional services from Lincoln:

1410 Lincoln to Newark North Gate calling at Hykeham (1417), Swinderby (1424), Collingham (1429) and Newark North Gate (1439).

1445 Lincoln to Peterborough calling at Metheringham (1457), Ruskington (1506), Sleaford (1516), Spalding (1541) and Peterborough (1606)

1600 Lincoln to Newark North Gate calling at Hykeham (1607), Swinderby (1613), Collingham (1618) and Newark North Gate (1628).

1600 Lincoln to Peterborough calling at Metheringham (1612), Ruskington (1621), Sleaford (1631), Spalding (1656) and Peterborough (1721).

1823 Lincoln to Newark North Gate calling at Hykeham (1830), Swinderby (1837), Collingham (1842) and Newark North Gate (1852).

1830 Lincoln to Sleaford calling at Metheringham (1842), Ruskington (1851) and Sleaford (1902).

Virgin Trains Services

Intercity 125 in Virgin Trains East Coast livery.

Intercity 125 in Virgin Trains East Coast livery.

Virgin Trains will run four additional services to and from Lincoln to Doncaster and Leeds to support the annual Christmas market with tickets starting from just £7.50 one way in Standard Class when booked online.

David Horne, Virgin Trains Managing Director, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to put on additional services for the Lincoln Christmas Market again this year.”

Full additional services:

Thursday 1 & Friday 2 December

· 21.14 Lincoln – 21.54 Doncaster – 22.43 Leeds
Saturday 3 December

· 06.57 Leeds – 07.43 Doncaster – 8.36 Lincoln
· 20.16 Lincoln – 21.03 Doncaster – 21.44 Leeds