May 23, 2011 10.28 am This story is over 154 months old

Lincoln welcomes new direct London route

Finally: The direct train route from Lincoln Central to London Kings Cross has begun operating on Monday.

The much sought-after direct route from Lincoln Central to London Kings Cross has begun operating on Monday, meaning less delays and changes for commuters.

The daily Lincoln to London direct route finally came into fruition last year, after previously being scrapped.

Instead of having to get off at Newark Northgate, passengers can now enjoy a direct train, leaving at 7.20am and returning for 9.01pm (leaving London and 7.06pm).

Some lucky passengers have also managed to celebrate the route’s first week running by getting single fare tickets for as little as £1 from East Coast trains.

The timetable was developed by East Cost alongside Network Rail, following a consultation draft timetable then marked as Eureka!.

The timetable of new service will run at the following times seven days a week:

  • Monday to Friday: depart Lincoln at 07.20 and arrive into London at 09.28, depart London at 19.06 and arrive into Lincoln at 21.01;
  • On Saturdays: depart Lincoln at 09.30 and arrive into King’s Cross at 11.26, depart King’s Cross 18.08 and arrive into Lincoln at 20.03;
  • On Sundays: depart King’s Cross 19.08 and arrive into Lincoln 21.03.

For those who do not want to leave Lincoln at peak time, East Coast trains have also added new Flying Scotsman trains to its Edinburgh to London line.

East Coast Managing Director Karen Boswell said: “We are absolutely delighted to be launching the first direct service between Lincoln and London for 20 years.

“The launch of an exciting new timetable on May 22 represents the biggest change to the East Coast route in a generation.

“It will deliver more services, more seats and a much improved pattern of services for hundreds of passengers.”

Source: East Coast | Related Reports: BBC News