Guidance

Poacher community rail line

Community rail line service between Nottingham and Skegness.

Documents

Poacher Line: prospectus

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Poacher Line: map

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Details

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.

Route data

Region East Midlands
Locale Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire
Stations 19
Length 55 miles and 22 miles Grantham — Nottingham
Journey time About 2 hours and 10 minutes — one way
Route type Rural
Designation Service
Pilot project Yes Grantham — Skegness
Designation date July 2006
Partnership Nottingham — Skegness Community Rail Partnership (CRP)
Operator(s) East Midlands Trains

The Poacher Line serves the following stations, sometimes referred to as the Skegness — Grantham and Grantham — Nottingham split.

  • Nottingham
  • Netherfield
  • Radcliffe
  • Bingham
  • Aslockton
  • Elton and Orston
  • Bottesford
  • Grantham
  • Ancaster
  • Rauceby
  • Sleaford
  • Heckington
  • Swineshead
  • Hubberts Bridge
  • Boston
  • Thorpe Culvert
  • Wainfleet
  • Havenhouse
  • Skegness

Pilot line

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

Community rail designation

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 Nottingham to Skegness Community Rail Partnership

The Grantham to Skegness Community Rail Partnership was set up in July 2005.

Published 2 May 2006