East Midlands Railway
18 Aug 2019 - 21 Aug 2027
|Main region(s)||East Midlands|
North West England
|Other region(s)||East of England|
|National Rail abbreviation||EM|
In March 2017, the Department for Transport announced Arriva, a joint venture between FirstGroup and Trenitalia, and incumbent Stagecoach had been shortlisted to bid for the next East Midlands franchise. Abellio was added in February 2018.
FirstGroup and Trenitalia pulled out of the bidding process in April 2018 to focus on the West Coast Partnership franchise. In April 2019 the franchise was awarded to Abellio, with East Midlands Railway (EMR) to take over the franchise from East Midlands Trains (EMT) on 18 August 2019 for a period of eight years.
In June 2019, Abellio revealed branding and colour scheme using distinct purple and white colours to reflect the heritage of the East Midlands. It also confirmed it would divide the services into three segments:
EMR operates intercity services from London St Pancras along the Midland Main Line to Leicester, Nottingham, Derby and Sheffield with limited extensions to Lincoln, Leeds, York and Scarborough. EMR also operate the local East Midlands services and inter regional services to Liverpool and Norwich. Services from Nottingham to Liverpool Lime Street will transfer to another operator during the life of the franchise. The Barton line will transfer from Northern in the future.[needs update]
Over the course of the franchise, several planned timetable changes are to be made:
- Earlier and later trains between Sheffield and Nottingham to East Midlands Parkway
- Earlier and later trains between Sheffield and London St Pancras and more regular evening service to London St Pancras
- 2 trains per hour between Nottingham and Kettering
- 2 trains per hour between Corby and London St Pancras
- Regular Sunday service between Corby and London St Pancras
- Liverpool to Nottingham transferred to another operator
- Norwich to Nottingham extended to Derby
- Regular hourly Sunday service between Norwich and Derby
- Crewe to Derby service extended to Nottingham and hourly service on Sundays
- Hourly Sunday service between Matlock and Nottingham
- Hourly service between Nottingham and Grimsby Town with limited extension to Cleethorpes
- Hourly Sunday service between Lincoln and Grimsby Town
- Hourly service between Nottingham and Newark Castle
- Hourly Sunday service between Worksop and Nottingham and later evening services on weekdays
- Additional peak services between Nottingham and Grantham
- Earlier and later trains between Nottingham and Boston
- Later evening service on weekdays and a new Sunday service
- Hourly through service between Doncaster and Peterborough via Lincoln
- New Sunday service between Doncaster and Lincoln
- Enhanced Sunday service on Barton to Cleethorpes route
- 2 trains per day between Lincoln and London St Pancras
- Newark Northgate to Grimsby Town service cut back to Lincoln except to for the limited extension to Cleethorpes and timed to run with LNER's London Kings Cross - Lincoln service
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|Trainset||Class||Image||Type||Top Speed||Number||Cars||Routes Operated||Built|
|08||Shunter||15||24||4||N/A||Stock movements||1952–62|
|InterCity 125||43||Loco||125||200||30||6 or 8||1976–82|
|Meridian||222/0 & 222/1||
Existing stock to be added will comprise nine Class 156s and twenty-one Class 360s from Greater Anglia, twenty-eight Class 170s (Five from Abellio ScotRail and twenty-three from West Midlands Trains), four Class 171s from Southern (which will be converted back to Class 170), and four Class 180s from Hull Trains. 
|Trainset||Class||Image||Type||Top Speed||Number||Cars||Routes Operated||In Service|
|Turbostar||170/4, 170/5 & 170/6||100||161||17||2||2020–21|
To be converted back to Class 170.
Train crew depots are located at:
- London – London route drivers, Train Managers, Customer Hosts and revenue protection officers
- Leicester – Revenue Protection Officers
- Derby – London and Local route Drivers, Train Managers, Senior Conductors, Crew Leaders, Chefs, Customer Hosts and Revenue Protection Officers
- Nottingham – Local route Drivers (although 12 Drivers trained on HST's for Summer Skegness and Charter trains), Train Managers, Senior Conductors, Customer Hosts and Revenue Protection Officers
- Sheffield – Train Managers, Crew Leaders, Chefs, Customer Hosts and Revenue Protection Officers
- Boston – Local route Drivers and Senior Conductors
- Lincoln Central – Local route Drivers and Senior Conductors
- Norwich – Local route Drivers and Senior Conductors
Trains are maintained at:
- London, Cricklewood (fueling and cleaning of HST & 222)
- Derby Etches Park (heavy maintenance of 222, 153, 156 & 158, light maintenance of HST)
- Nottingham Eastcroft (light maintenance of 153, 156 & 158)
- Boston (cleaning of 153, 156 & 158)
- Arriva TrainCare, Crewe (light maintenance of 153, 156 & 158)
- Leeds, Neville Hill (heavy maintenance of HST)
- Crown Point (light maintenance of 158)
Shunter drivers are employed by EMR at Derby, Nottingham and Leeds.
On-train catering for standard-class passengers on routes 1 and 2 was, as of September 2010, contracted out to Rail Gourmet, which had depots at Derby, Nottingham and Sheffield.
Although all stations are owned by Network Rail, their day-to-day management is handled by train operating companies. EMR manages the following stations: Wellingborough, Kettering, Corby, Market Harborough, Leicester, Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Stamford, South Wigston, Narborough, Hinckley, Loughborough, East Midlands Parkway, Long Eaton, Derby, Peartree, Uttoxeter, Kidsgrove, Chesterfield, Sheffield, Beeston, Nottingham, Alfreton, Sleaford, Boston and Skegness. They also have staff at St Pancras International, although the station itself is managed by Network Rail.
- Three prequalify for next East Midlands franchise Railway Gazette International 1 March 2017
- Abellio joins East Midlands franchise shortlist Railway Gazette International 6 February 2018
- First Group and Trenitalia pull out of East Midlands franchise contest International Railway Journal 23 April 2018
- More seats, services and state-of-the-art trains for passengers on new East Midlands railway Department for Transport 10 April 2019
- How Midland Mainline trains will soon look LeicestershireLive; 21 June 2019
- East Midlands Rail Franchise Department for Transport
- East Midlands rail franchise consultation Department for Transport
- Brown, Doc. "08 Train". DocBrown. Phil Brown. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
- "Abellio invests £400 million in new Hitachi trains for East Midlands Railway". 30 July 2019. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
- Abellio orders East Midlands inter-city fleet Railway Gazette International 30 July 2019
- Hitachi rumoured to have won EMR bi-mode deal Rail issue 884 31 July 2019 page 28
- East Midlands Railway unveils new look Today's Railways UK issue 212 August 2019 page 13
- Pritchard, Robert, ed. (September 2019). "Hitachi Scoops Order for East Midlands". Today's Railways. No. 213. Sheffield: Platform 5. p. 6. ISSN 1475-9713.
- Clinnick, Richard (2019-08-30). "It has been announced officially. The WMT 2/3-car 170s move to EMR, as do 5 170/4s owned by Eversholt in Scotland. The latter are the first to move. The 171 fleet from Southern moves to EMR by end of 2022 at which point all existing 15x units will have left EMR". @Clinnick1. Retrieved 2019-09-04.