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Calls for Nottinghamshire-Lincolnshire rail improvements

There are calls for improvements to be made on the East Midlands line

There are calls for improvements to be made to rail links between Lincoln and Nottingham.

A group of business leaders are lobbying Network Rail and East Midlands Trains for more frequent services, particularly on a weekend, and improved tracks.

They believe it could help attract more tourists to the city.

An East Midlands Trains spokesman said: "We have worked hard to improve the service between Nottingham and Lincoln and hame provided our passengers with refurbished trains and an additional evening service.

"We remain supportive of further improvements to the service on this route, and have been instrumental in the creation of a dedicated Lincoln-Nottingham stakeholder board to look at the future services on this route."

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Campaign to cut rail accidents

Incredible images have been released by Network Rail, as part of a new campaign to cut the number of accidents happening at our train stations.

It comes on the day that Leeds has been named and shamed as the station with more incidents than anywhere else in the country.

Many of them involve people who're drunk. Network Rail bosses were at the station today to launch the safety campaign. Adam Fowler has the story.

Future of National Railway Museum is 'secure'

The future of the National Railway Museum has been secured, city leaders have said today.

The announcement was made at a select committee meeting in Westminster this morning, Kersten England said.

The council chief executive tweeted from the meeting: "Ian Blatchford gives assurance that none of the northern museums in the SMG will close #DCMSselectcttee"

Also tweeting live from the select committee meeting, City of York Council leader James Alexander welcomed the announcement.

He said:

"I'm delighted that the Government has listened to the powerful lobby calling for a secure future for the nation's science museums and has agreed to work with us.

"I would like to thank everyone who backed the community campaign in York."

– James Alexander, City of York Council leader

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Mallard wins award

Tim Godfrey, Sir Nigel Gresley's grandson Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Mallard, the world's fastest steam locomotive, has received an award on the anniversary of designer Sir Nigel Gresley's death.

Gresley's grandson, Tim Godfrey, was born the same year as Mallard broke the world speed steam record. He attended the ceremony in York.

Lorry breaks through rail barriers in Lincolnshire - and leaves scene

The railway crossing at Lolham

Officers are appealing for information after a lorry struck the barriers at a level crossing in Lolham, in Lincolnshire - causing hours of delays on the railways.

PC Sean White, from British Transport Police, said: “At around 10am on April 2, a brown large goods vehicle approached the level crossing on King Street whilst the barriers were beginning to lower.

“Instead of stopping, the driver of the lorry carried on through the crossing, as the vehicle collided with the barriers, seriously damaging them. One of the barriers was so badly damaged, it was ripped from its mechanics and left bent across the rail tracks.”

Trains running through the area were cancelled and the local road was closed while new barriers were installed. As a result of the incident, trains were delayed by over four hours.

He added: “This not only caused inconvenience to local drivers, and to rail passengers whose journeys were disrupted, but we are lucky there were no injuries."

Anyone with information is asked to call 0800 40 50 40.

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