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The Robin Hood Line
Robin Hood Line
is a railway line running from Nottingham
Nottingham
to Worksop, Nottinghamshire. The stations between Shirebrook and Whitwell (inclusive) are in Derbyshire. Passenger services are operated by East Midlands
East Midlands
Trains. The line in its present form opened to passengers in stages between 1993 and 1998. Following the Beeching cuts
Beeching cuts
of the 1960s, the line had been freight-only. The cuts had left Mansfield as one of the largest towns in Britain without a railway station.

Contents

1 History 2 Proposed extension 3 References 4 Further reading

History[edit]

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The majority of the current Robin Hood Line
Robin Hood Line
re-uses the former Midland Railway (MR) route from Nottingham
Nottingham
to Worksop. However, due to rationalisation leading to track removal in order to save the costs of maintaining the tunnel north of Annesley
Annesley
the through route was severed in the 1970s.[2] Northwards from Nottingham, the freight-only line remained intact as far as Newstead, where it had served the now closed Newstead Colliery.[2] Southwards from Worksop, the line followed the old MR route as far as Sutton-in-Ashfield. Between Sutton-in-Ashfield
Sutton-in-Ashfield
and Kirkby-in-Ashfield, the line was diverted in 1972 to take the former Great Northern Railway (GNR) route through the area.[3] This allowed British Rail
British Rail
to sell land right in the centre of Kirkby-in-Ashfield
Kirkby-in-Ashfield
whilst keeping a freight route through the town. After crossing the town on the GNR route, the line re-joined the old MR route to Pye Bridge, near Ironville
Ironville
but the connection between Kirkby-in-Ashfield
Kirkby-in-Ashfield
and Newstead was closed and the tunnel filled in.[2] When plans for the Robin Hood Line
Robin Hood Line
were drawn up, it was vital in the interest of keeping costs down to make as much use of the existing infrastructure as possible so, rather than trying to buy back the land to rebuild the line through the centre of Kirkby-in-Ashfield, the existing GNR diversion was kept and a new stretch of railway built to re-create the missing link between Kirkby-in-Ashfield
Kirkby-in-Ashfield
and Newstead.[2] North of Newstead, at Annesley, both the Great Central Railway
Great Central Railway
(GCR) and the Midland Railway
Midland Railway
had driven tunnels through the picturesque Robin Hood Hills, but since both lines closed, both tunnels had been filled in.[3] The GCR's tunnel had been at a lower level than the MR's and so was much longer. It therefore proved cheaper to re-excavate the MR's tunnel, which was found to be in excellent condition.[2] The new service from Nottingham
Nottingham
to Newstead opened in 1993 although Bulwell station
Bulwell station
opened only in 1994. It was extended to Mansfield Woodhouse in 1995, with Kirkby-in-Ashfield
Kirkby-in-Ashfield
station opening in 1996. The through passenger route from Nottingham
Nottingham
to Worksop
Worksop
opened in 1998. Since then the section between Bulwell
Bulwell
and Hucknall
Hucknall
has been converted from double track to single track to allow space for the new Nottingham Express Transit
Nottingham Express Transit
tramway, which follows the route as far north as Hucknall
Hucknall
and opened in March 2004. Currently (July 2015), the Robin Hood Line
Robin Hood Line
operates a Monday to Saturday service between 05:30am and 10:30pm. During the day, trains run at half-hourly intervals between Nottingham
Nottingham
and Mansfield Woodhouse, with one service an hour continuing to Worksop
Worksop
with a total journey time of 67 minutes.[4] A Sunday service began on 7 December 2008, with ten trains running between Nottingham
Nottingham
and Mansfield Woodhouse between 09:15am and 10:30pm. Four of those continued to Worksop.[5] The Sunday service was funded by Derbyshire
Derbyshire
County Council and Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire
County Council. An understanding was made with the Department for Transport that, if the patronage reached an agreed threshold after two years, they would consider taking over the service and incorporate it within the East Midlands
East Midlands
Trains franchise. However, this service was not a commercial success north of Mansfield Woodhouse, and Nottinghamshire County Council decided to reduce its funding and prioritise running a reduced Sunday service from 22 May 2011. The service runs eight times each Sunday between Nottingham
Nottingham
and Mansfield Woodhouse and return.[4] Proposed extension[edit] Just north of Shirebrook station is a junction with a freight branch line that was used for coal traffic to High Marnham power station via Warsop, Edwinstowe
Edwinstowe
and Ollerton. Following closure of the power station the line is disused but has been kept open and fully maintained as a test track for driver training.[6] In mid-2009 Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire
County Council commissioned a feasibility study to consider a plan to extend the Robin Hood Line
Robin Hood Line
along this route by extending the current hourly service between Nottingham
Nottingham
and Mansfield Woodhouse to Ollerton, calling at Shirebrook, Warsop
Warsop
and Edwinstowe (for Sherwood Forest Center Parcs
Center Parcs
holiday resort).[7] References[edit]

^ BBC Nottingham: Robin Hood line history Accessed 19 April 2011 ^ a b c d e Sisson, Robin (March 2007). "Return to Robin Hood". Today's Railways UK. Vol. 63. Sheffield: Platform 5 Publishing Ltd. pp. 48–55.  access-date= requires url= (help) ^ a b Anderson, P. Howard (1985). Forgotten Railways. II The East Midlands (2nd ed.). Newton Abbott: David St John Thomas. p. 206. ISBN 0-946537-20-8.  ^ a b "Timetable: Local Services" (PDF). East Midlands
East Midlands
Trains. May 2015. Retrieved July 31, 2015.  ^ " Robin Hood Line
Robin Hood Line
Sunday Service". Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire
County Council. December 2008.  ^ "Hope for Robin Hood branch line". BBC. 9 August 2009. Retrieved 21 February 2010.  ^ Lambourne, Helen (22 July 2009). "New bid to extend rail link to Ollerton". Worksop
Worksop
Today. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 

Further reading[edit]

Millar, John (15–28 February 1995). Kelly, Peter, ed. "Robin Hood marches north". RAIL. No. 246. pp. 64–68. ISSN 0953-4563.  " Robin Hood Line
Robin Hood Line
bridges the final 15-mile gap". RAIL. No. 325. EMAP Apex Publications. 25 February – 10 March 1998. p. 10. ISSN 0953-4563. OCLC 49953699. 

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