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East Midlands trains still to run despite strike action

The majority of services will run but some will be replaced by buses
The majority of services will run but some will be replaced by buses Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

The East Midlands train service is reassuring passengers that the majority of services will continue to run despite strike action.

Train maintenance staff in the Unite union have walked out from Sunday until Thursday.

The service has warned though that some trains may have fewer carriages and others will be replaced by buses.

  • A full train service will run to/from Skegness, Boston, Sleaford, Grantham and Nottingham.
  • The majority of train services will run as normal between Derby, Uttoxeter, Stoke on Trent and Crewe.
  • Trains between Liverpool Lime Street, Manchester and Nottingham will run as normal.

Buses will replace trains on the following routes:

  • Nottingham - Mansfield / Worksop
  • Doncaster - Lincoln
  • Nottingham - Newark North Gate - Cleethorpes via Lincoln
  • Derby - Matlock
  • Leicester - Lincoln


Sheffield Wednesday takeover delayed

Sheffield Wednesday says planned takeover of the club by Hafiz Mammadow has been delayed. It's apparently due to other business interests of Mr Mammadow. However, the club says it hopes it will soon be in a position to complete the regulatory requirements set by the Football League.

Milan Mandaric and Hafiz Mammadov met in London on Friday evening to discuss the takeover process and say they want to complete the sale as soon as possible.

I fully appreciate the frustration of our supporters, we all want to see a quick completion so we are in the best shape possible for the start of the new season. Despite the delay, I am still committed to fully supporting Stuart Gray in his preparations and this has been demonstrated by the permanent signings of Keiren Westwood and Sam Hutchinson along with the contract extensions agreed with Chris Kirkland, Glenn Loovens and Jose Semedo. I have been kept fully informed by Mr Mammadov’s advisors during the process and Friday’s meeting was very constructive. I continue to believe that he will be a wonderful custodian for this great club and I am very excited at his plans for the future.”

– Milan Mandaric

Tramlines festival on track for third day

The Tramlines festival continues today - with thousands expected to watch acts across Sheffield, from the Peace Gardens and Weston Park to the Folk Forest.

Although the festival has previously been free, some venues will be limited to ticket-holders only.

These are: Devonshire Green, Leadmill, Foundry/Fusion, Octagon, o2 Academy, Hope Works, The Harley, Queens Social Club, City Hall, Cathedral, Yellow Arch, The Night Kitchen, Millennium Galleries, Corporation and Fez.

Today's acts include The Cribs, The Spiils, Bloodsport and Awesome Tapes from Africa.

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