New lines opening in Nottinghamshire

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hstsrule

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Does anyone know anything about the Alfreton-Ashfield line or the Ruddington-Leicester line opening to passenger services?
 
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I can guarantee Ruddington - Leicester isn't going to reopen as part of the national network. Ruddington - Leicester North will be a through heritage line when the GCR/GCR(N) link is complete.
 

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Does anyone know anything about the Alfreton-Ashfield line ... opening to passenger services?
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I can guarantee Ruddington - Leicester isn't going to reopen as part of the national network. Ruddington - Leicester North will be a through heritage line when the GCR/GCR(N) link is complete.
Indeed. It has no real purpose as a transport link unless it can link at least to the Nottingham tram (very unlikely) and probably also into the centre of Leicester (impossible). Even then, of the settlements in between, Loughborough already has a pretty good train service and the others are pretty small.
 

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I think the only line with a possible chance of reopening in the future is the link from Shirebrook to Edwinstowe and Ollerton. I don’t think it’s on the horizon at the moment but is often raised in local discussions.
 

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Indeed. It has no real purpose as a transport link unless it can link at least to the Nottingham tram (very unlikely) and probably also into the centre of Leicester (impossible). Even then, of the settlements in between, Loughborough already has a pretty good train service and the others are pretty small.
and Leicester-Loughborough-Nottingham is 2tph, with a 3rd that doesn't stop at Loughborough
 

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Does anyone know anything about the Alfreton-Ashfield line or the Ruddington-Leicester line opening to passenger services?
Reports like this about it



This is perhaps more digestible
 

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Alfreton - Ashfield has been gathering pace recently The line is in regular use for freight and ECS movements.
Shirberook - Ollerton will never happen in my opinion, the line would need a substantial amount spending on it to get it up to passenger carrying standards. The villages along the line that used to have stations many years ago have since evolved themselves further away from the railway so the stations are now quite a distance from the centres of population. You can drive (or even get the bus) from Ollerton to Nottingham or Mansfield far more quickly than the train can manage it (fifteen minutes to Mansfield, it'd be well over an hour on the train).
 

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Calling it Alfreton - Ashfield is a bit misleading. The line does not go to Alfreton as it joins the Erewash Valley Line at Pie Hill which is a few miles south of Alfreton. I agree that it does go through Ashfield but even then it is more a proposed link from Mansfield to the HS2 station at Toton. Therefore Mansfield - Toton would be a better way of describing it. It could very well happen as the line is already there and is used for freight, ECS and an occasional diversionary route if the Robin Hood Line is blocked south of Kirkby in Ashfield. Everything depends upon Toton being developed as the East Midlands hub on HS2. I suppose if trains were to then run beyond Toton to Derby it would also provide a link from Langley Mill and Ilkeston to Derby, as both are in Derbyshire but have no easy direct link by train.

I can’t see the line from Shirebrook through Edwinstowe to Ollerton ever happening. Various local councillors and politicians have been campaigning for it but the route from Ollerton and Edwinstowe to Mansfield and Nottingham is too long via Shirebrook for it to be competitive with road transport.
 

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Calling it Alfreton - Ashfield is a bit misleading. The line does not go to Alfreton as it joins the Erewash Valley Line at Pie Hill which is a few miles south of Alfreton. I agree that it does go through Ashfield but even then it is more a proposed link from Mansfield to the HS2 station at Toton. Therefore Mansfield - Toton would be a better way of describing it. It could very well happen as the line is already there and is used for freight, ECS and an occasional diversionary route if the Robin Hood Line is blocked south of Kirkby in Ashfield. Everything depends upon Toton being developed as the East Midlands hub on HS2. I suppose if trains were to then run beyond Toton to Derby it would also provide a link from Langley Mill and Ilkeston to Derby, as both are in Derbyshire but have no easy direct link by train.

I can’t see the line from Shirebrook through Edwinstowe to Ollerton ever happening. Various local councillors and politicians have been campaigning for it but the route from Ollerton and Edwinstowe to Mansfield and Nottingham is too long via Shirebrook for it to be competitive with road transport.
Do tend to agree with you on the Ollerton Branch. I guess they will keep talking about it so long as it passes through areas that remain marginal 'red wall' seats, as they currently do.....;)
 
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