BFS From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 734 posts, RR: 2 Posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 995 times:
I'm flying bmi baby to BFS next week, and as I have never flown from EMA before I want to ask a few questions. Firstly, what is the best way there from Sheffield? I am thinking National Express, with one arriving at EMA at 1155 the next at 1355. Given my flight is at 1505, I think I'll take the earlier one, as I dont know how reliable National Express are. Also, what is there to do at EMA for three hours? I'm sure I'll cope as I've done it at LPL enough times, but anything worth seeing or doing?
ManchesterMAN From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 1192 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 955 times:
You could get the bus or you could get a midland mainline train to Loughborough and then a bus from the station to EMA. This is probably quicker, although be warned the AL1 bus only runs once an our from Loughborough train station to the airport.
As for what to do, go upstairs to the cafe, grab a coffee and watch the action out of the window (although there won't be much at that time). What i would say if you want to watch the action don't go airside until you have to as the domestic area is small, crowded and doesn't have views nearly as good as the landside cafe.
Sky0000547 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 270 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 842 times:
The National Express 240 are very reliable depending on traffic conditions. I took the 1355 NE 240 from EMA-LHR on Xmas eve and it arrived at EMA 10mins late but I arrived at LHR ontime. That is not bad for land travel.
Taking the train from Sheffield to Loughborough is also a good option with the direct services but you will have to change to a shuttle bus (AL1) at Loughborough to EMA. The journey would take approximately 30mins.
At the airport there is a lovely model shop located at the arrivals hall. The shop sells all sorts of model aircraft.
You can always go and check out http://www.eastmidlandsairport.com
BA1978 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 181 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 784 times:
Bd1959, I know exactly the point your trying to make regarding the renaming, I'm simply showing that it isn't half a difficult as you may think to get to the airport once you arrive in Nottingham.
You've already partly disproved your own point...
My point was (was it really lost on you?) that this whole silly renaming of EMA to NEMA does nothing to help improve the general perception of where the Airport is or how to get there.
with your first post...
You catch the train from Sheffield to Nottingham and......erm.......oh, sh*t.
You've chosen Nottingham due to the name, you could quite as easily go to either Loughborough, Leicester or Derby and then transfer.
Its not such a surprise that you may have difficulty in finding the airport, if you're yet to learn how to read a bus timetable! There is a regular Trent Barton service to the airport. Granted it does travel through a number of places, but as buses still travel over land by roads this is something which I'm afraid is unavoidable if the bus company wants to be economically viable.
BFS, your journey to the airport will be fine whatever route you take. As I'm sure anyone would do, give yourself plenty of time before your flight. Do as ManchesterMAN said, try and hold back from going into Domestic departures, it really is basically a room with seats and a small bar, which I would describe as more like a fridge with some glasses on top of it.
Pe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 18831 posts, RR: 54 Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 769 times:
I used to use National Express an awful lot when I was back in North Devon. I think the longest delay I had was about 10 or 15 minutes, due to traffic. Indeed, traffic will almost certainly be the cause of any delay, although I suspect you won't even have a delay.
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ManchesterMAN From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 1192 posts, RR: 1 Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 717 times:
East Midlands parkway station was due to be up and running this spring I think but as with most things concerning the British railways it has hit a snag. From what I hear from my friend at Network Rail the planned station was too close to the Radcliffe power station to get a safety certificate or something like that. Anyway whatever the reason it won't be happening any time soon.
Was the plan for EMA Parkway only active whilst National Express owned by EMA and Midland Mainline?
"Nottingham East Midlands Parkway" - sort of rivals Llanfair PG for longest platform name. I know, move it just north of the Soar and we can call it Nottingham East Midlands and Toton Junction Parkway". What a great marketing tool, lots of visitors who are there just to buy a platform ticket...and there'll be no confusion over the closest airport for hordes of overseas tourists to fly in to!!