The Poacher Line links the towns and cities of the east midlands with the east coast. Trains on this route provides an hourly through service from Nottingham to Skegness, and connectivity with the East Coast Main Line at Grantham.
||Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire
||55 miles and 22 miles Grantham — Nottingham
||About 2 hours and 10 minutes — one way
||Yes Grantham — Skegness
||Nottingham — Skegness Community Rail Partnership (CRP)
||East Midlands Trains
The Poacher Line serves the following stations, sometimes referred to as the Skegness — Grantham and Grantham — Nottingham split.
- Elton and Orston
- Hubberts Bridge
- Thorpe Culvert
The Poacher Line was one of the first designated community railways. Seven pilot routes were selected which could demonstrate different aspects of the community rail development strategy.
The Poacher Line was selected as one of the pilots because it was a long route carrying mixed traffic, but with a pronounced summer peak of holiday traffic.
The 7 pilot routes:
- St Ives Bay Line (St Ives — St Erth) in Cornwall
- Looe Valley Line (Looe to Liskeard) in Cornwall
- Tamar Valley Line (Gunnislake — Plymouth) in Cornwall/Devon
- Abbey Line (St Albans — Watford Junction) in Hertfordshire
- Poacher Line (Skegness - Grantham) in Lincolnshire
- Penistone Line (Barnsley — Huddersfield) in South and West Yorkshire
- Esk Valley Line (Whitby — Middlesbrough) in North Yorkshire and Teesside
The Poacher Line was designated as a community rail service by the Strategic Rail Authority in July 2006. The designation originally covered the passenger services between Grantham and Skegness and was later extended to cover Nottingham — Grantham — Skegness passenger services.
Network Rail strategic route plan
The Poacher Line has been identified as a rural route within Network Rail’s London and East Midlands (I) strategic route plan.
The Grantham to Skegness Community Rail Partnership was set up in July 2005.