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To: East Midlands Railway
Save The Matlock - Nottingham Rail Link
We, the undersigned, petition East Midlands Railway to immediately reinstate the Matlock to Nottingham Service.
Why is this important?
In June 2021, East Midlands Railway (EMR) withdrew the direct service between Matlock and Nottingham. This was allegedly due to staff being ‘pinged’ and EMR, like many others, were seeing high levels of employees isolating.
However, in October 2021, the permanent withdrawal of this service effective from December’s Timetable Change was decided. It’s also noted that this service previously travelled beyond Nottingham to Newark prior to this change.
This has seen a huge level of disruption to passengers travelling for leisure, education and employment. A single journey has typically increased from 45 minutes to nearly 2 hours at peak hours.
Those travelling for work in the NHS and working Nottingham’s major employers including Experian, HMRC and Universities were amongst those affected.
This is having a severe effect on the return to work, resuming education and affecting tourism both now and future. Many passengers have also noted their desire to reduce their own carbon emissions by switching from car use to public transport.
Not only does this impact those that work or travel to these locations for education, the longer term impact on tourism/leisure could be catastrophic.
Already, commuters are switching to cars and this is likely to be having an impact on air quality around these locations.
Employers own staff attrition may be increased too.