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Cooling towers may not be to everyone's taste, but it's hard to deny the impact of the eight huge ones that loom over East Midlands Parkway's platforms. They're part of Ratcliffe Power Station, and while they're hard to miss, they're not the main reason passengers come to this otherwise remote stop. East Midlands Parkway provides access to the Midland Main Line for commuters in local villages, providing them with fast services to Nottingham, Derby, Leicester and Sheffield, as well as down to London St Pancras - the journey to the capital takes about 90 minutes. East Midlands Parkway is also the nearest station to East Midlands Airport, a hub for several low-cost and regional airlines. It serves around four million passengers a year, offering mostly domestic and short-haul flights. Just west of the airport is the area's other main attraction: the Donington Park racetrack, a hugely popular motorsport circuit that also hosts major music events.

With flights to many European destinations, including the Canary Islands, East Midlands Airport has become a popular choice for travellers from both Britain’s East Midlands and further afield. Many travellers choose to take the train there, to save on both money and time.

Find out more about trains to East Midlands Airport

Heading to Download Festival? 

Download Festival takes place every June at Donnington Park, thousands of rock music lovers flock to this iconic site each year to see headliners such as Iron Maiden, Linkin Park and Metallica to name a few. This year, Download Festival takes place from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th June 2019, with Def Leppard, Slipknot and Tool headlining the main stage.

It’s easy to travel by train to Download Festival from East Midlands Parkway, as a shuttle bus service will be in operation to take festival-goers between the site and the station all weekend – taking just 30 minutes each way.

Trainline does not have any affiliation with Download Festival, for more information on Download Festival please visit their website.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Friday Saturday 06:00 - 19:30
Sunday 07:30 - 19:30
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
ShopsUnavailable
PostboxUnavailable
TelephonesUnavailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
Station Buffet notes
Food outlet (Seating available)
ATMAvailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Information Systems
  • Announcements
  • Arrival screens
  • Departure screens
ToiletsAvailable
ShowersUnavailable
Baby changeAvailable
WiFiAvailable
Web kioskUnavailable
Customer help pointsAvailable
CCTVAvailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Carpark operatorEast Midlands Trains
Car parking spaces850
Carpark charges
Annual£1205.00
Daily£7.00
Monthly£109.00
Off-peak£5.00
Three Monthly£306.00
Weekly£27.50
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces20
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
At the front of the station
Step-free accessWhole station
Ramps for train accessAvailable
WheelchairsAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterAvailable

Open Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays) 05.30 - 18.00.ÿ

As you'd expect from its location, East Midlands Parkway has extensive parking facilities. There are several ticket desks and machines inside the concourse, plus toilets and a waiting room. Outside is platform 1, and a footbridge with lifts leads to the other three platforms. Trains to London usually depart from platform 2, and trains to Sheffield and Nottingham from platform 1. There is an hourly minibus service from outside the station to East Midlands Airport.

Departures and arrivals from East Midlands Parkway

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into East Midlands Parkway station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to DerbyEast Midlands Railway02:081On time
to London St Pancras InternationalEast Midlands Railway05:132Scheduled
to London St Pancras InternationalEast Midlands Railway05:432Scheduled
to London St Pancras InternationalEast Midlands Railway06:172Scheduled
to NorwichEast Midlands Railway06:214Scheduled
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from London St Pancras InternationalEast Midlands Railway02:071On time
from DerbyEast Midlands Railway05:122Scheduled
from NottinghamEast Midlands Railway05:422Scheduled
from SheffieldEast Midlands Railway06:162Scheduled
from NottinghamEast Midlands Railway06:214Scheduled
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