Christmas shopping and sightseeing in London is on offer for residents local to the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway with a special train service between Wirksworth and London.
On Saturday 26th November, the Thames-Ecclesbourne Express will provide special train services from Wirksworth to London St Pancras International. This joint initiative between East Midlands Trains and the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway will provide a fantastic day out shopping and sightseeing, just in time for Christmas.
Passengers from Wirksworth and Idridgehay will be able to enjoy a gentle excursion down the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway to Duffield, changing platforms for an East Midlands Trains express service to London St. Pancras International, while Duffield residents can board this direct service from Duffield to London too. Then, after a day in the capital, relax on the return journey to Duffield, Idridgehay and Wirksworth.
Emma Knight from East Midlands Trains said “We’re extremely pleased to be able to provide this opportunity for people in the Ecclesbourne Valley to discover the benefits of rail travel to London with East Midlands Trains”.
Neil Ferguson-Lee of the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway added “This is a very exciting new development for us all and we hope that this will be the first of many. Thanks to the great team at East Midlands Trains, passengers from Wirksworth, Idridgehay and Duffield will be able to go Christmas Shopping in London without having to use their cars!”
The Thames-Ecclesbourne Express will depart Wirksworth at 07:15 and Idridgehay at 07:33. Passengers will cross to the main line platform where East Midlands Trains will make a special stop on one of their London express services, departing Duffield at 08:07 and arriving at London St. Pancras at 10:06. The return service will depart London at 18:25, arriving Duffield at 20:25 and, after a quick change of train, arrive Idridgehay at 20:42 and Wirksworth at 21:00.
Return fares from Wirksworth, Idridgehay and Duffield are £58.00 Adult Standard and £88.00 First Class. Child, Senior, Student and Disabled Railcard holders pay £41.00 Standard and £61.00 First Class. Places are limited, especially in first class, so early booking is advised. This special service can only be booked through the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway on 01629 823076, in person at Wirksworth Booking Hall or online at www.e-v-r.com/thames.