The Robin Hood trainline is set to shut down for the summer as major rail improvement works take place at Nottingham train station.
Buses will replace trains running from Nottingham to Mansfield and Worksop from Saturday until 25th August as resignalling work takes place in the Nottingham area.
Stations affected include Newstead, Kirkby, Sutton Parkway, Mansfield, Mansfield Woodhouse, Shirebrook and Langwith-Whaley Thorns.
A rail replacement bus service will run in place of the normal train service for the duration of the works, with four buses an hour running between Nottingham and Mansfield/Mansfield Woodhouse and an hourly service running from Mansfield to Worksop.
Mansfield’s new bus station, on Quaker Way, will be the focal point for the replacement services, with the buses calling at the other stations as the train service would.
The resignalling project is a £100m Network Rail scheme that will result in more reliable services and fewer delays at Nottingham station.
East Midlands Trains, which operates the Robin Hood Line, has confirmed it will offer discounted tickets and compensation for customers inconvenienced by the works.
There will be a 15 per cent discount on rail fares across affected routes, while customers who have an annual season ticket for travel on East Midlands Trains journeys to and from Nottingham will receive two weeks worth of free travel.
Neil Micklethwaite, Customer Service and Commercial Director, said: “This is the first time that Network Rail has carried out a project of this kind, where travel is disrupted for this length of time. We therefore felt it was particularly important to do something unique for our customers to recognise the major change they will see to their normal train journey.”
“It’s the first time a train operator has ever provided compensation and discounts for customers during a major period of work such as the Nottingham scheme. We are pleased to be showing our commitment to putting our customers first and doing the right thing for them during these works.”