BFS
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EMA Questions

Fri Jan 30, 2004 2:59 am

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?

Thanks
 
ManchesterMAN
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RE: EMA Questions

Fri Jan 30, 2004 3:49 am

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.

Enjoy your trip.
John
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BD1959
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RE: EMA Questions

Fri Jan 30, 2004 7:07 am

BFS,

The problem here is that you are using the old name for the airport.

No-one has a clue how to get to EMA - or even where it is.

Now, if you were to use the new name "Nottingham EMA" you'll know exactly where it is and how to get there. Easy, eh?

You catch the train from Sheffield to Nottingham and......erm.......oh, sh*t.

Have a word with baby while you're there....it's them that insisted on the name change.

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ba1978
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RE: EMA Questions

Fri Jan 30, 2004 7:23 am

You catch the train from Sheffield to Nottingham and......erm.......oh, sh*t

.....turn right out of the train station, two minutes walk to Broad Marsh bus station and hop on the National Express Airport 240 or the Trent Barton rainbow 5 bus straight to the airport, easy!
There are other ways and there's British Airways
 
BD1959
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RE: EMA Questions

Fri Jan 30, 2004 4:34 pm

Well BA1978 looking at the Trent Barton timetable for Rainbow Route 5 we...

Travel through: Dunkirk, Beeston (via the QMC), Broxtowe, Chillwell, Toton before arriving in Long Eaton where the service terminates (see separate leaflet for sevices to EMA).

Route Planner....well we can't find the Airport on the Trent/Barton route planner....Stockport yes, Castle Donnington no.

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.

Now, where's the timetable for NE route 240??

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sky0000547
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RE: EMA Questions

Fri Jan 30, 2004 5:50 pm

BFS

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
 
trekster
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RE: EMA Questions

Fri Jan 30, 2004 6:01 pm

are there many operations on sunday, my sister is taking me down to see where it is
Where does the time go???
 
ba1978
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RE: EMA Questions

Fri Jan 30, 2004 11:18 pm

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.

http://www.trentbuses.co.uk/timetables/times/index.html?rainbow5lough.html

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.
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RE: EMA Questions

Fri Jan 30, 2004 11:26 pm

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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richardw
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RE: EMA Questions

Sat Jan 31, 2004 12:14 am

isn't there going to be a new train station between Loughborough and Kegworth, or are they still talking about it?
 
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RE: EMA Questions

Sat Jan 31, 2004 12:55 am

Richardw,

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.
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RE: EMA Questions

Sat Jan 31, 2004 1:20 am

Could it be renamed Nottingham East Midlands Airport Parkway? or is that too long for the signage, perhaps bmibaby could sponsor the signage?
 
Jaspike
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RE: EMA Questions

Sat Jan 31, 2004 1:35 am

The problem here is that you are using the old name for the airport.
No-one has a clue how to get to EMA - or even where it is.


The IATA code is still EMA..  Big thumbs up

Josh
 
BD1959
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RE: EMA Questions

Mon Feb 02, 2004 11:15 am

My point exactly, BA1978:

If the name remained EMA, then automatically one would look at Derby, Loughborough, Leicester as well as Nottingham to connect on to EMA. Now that it's actually NEMA it sort of excludes the others.

The Rainbow 5 timetable I looked at was http://www.trentbuses.co.uk/timetables/times/index.html?rainbow5super.html - which is linked out of the main timetable page. Confusing or what?

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!!

BD1959

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