Trent Barton are cancelling the Leicester Express from 23rd July. I basically know nothing about how this service did from a commercial point of view – it was in fact news to me that it was still running.
I’m not sure what the object of this service really was. It was launched as a cheap day out in Leicester, but the single journey a day lacked credibility. It may have been a test to see if the corridor was viable for a more frequent service perhaps. But clearly it has gone the way of all previous express an semi-fast services between these two cities.
Nottingham has never had a wealth of interurban serices, currently limited to Marshall’s Fosse flyer to Newark (nothing into Lincolnshire though); Red9, the successor of Arriva’s 99; Red Arrow; Centrebus’s 19 to Oakham, and the High Peak services to Derbyshire and Cheshire, plus Pronto, currently shared between Trent Barton and Stagecoach EM. Each of these are longer local services than traditionally interurban or semi-fast. There few seasonals and specials too, Skegness and Alton Towers spring to mind.
Is this down to pretty good rail links directly causing this (this is likely the case with Leicester) or just that there are opportunities being missed?