East Midlands Trains
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11 November 2007 – 14 October 2017
|Main Region(s):||East Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber, East of England|
|Other Region(s):||Greater London, North West England|
|Fleet size:||24 Class 43 HST power cars
17 Class 153 Super Sprinter sets
15 Class 156 Super Sprinter sets
25 Class 158 Express Sprinter sets
27 Class 222 Meridian sets
|Stations called at:||87|
|Passenger km 2007/8:||1,597.9 million|
|Route km operated:||1,567.5|
|National Rail abbreviation:||EM|
|Parent company:||Stagecoach Group|
|East Midlands Trains InterCity services|
Based in Derby, the company provides train services in the East Midlands, chiefly in Lincolnshire, South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Northamptonshire. The franchise commenced on 11 November 2007 and was formed by the amalgamation of the former Midland Mainline and eastern parts of the Central Trains franchises.
- 1 History
- 2 Routes
- 3 Ticketing
- 4 Franchise commitments
- 5 Performance
- 6 Incidents
- 7 Rolling stock
- 8 Depots
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
In June 2006 the Department for Transport announced its intention to restructure a number of franchises. Included was a new East Midlands franchise that would combine the Midland Mainline franchise with the East Midlands services of the Central Trains franchise.
In June 2007 the Department for Transport awarded the East Midlands franchise to Stagecoach with the services operated by Central Trains and Midland Mainline transferring to East Midlands Trains on 11 November 2007.
East Midlands Trains initially divided its services between two sub-brands: Mainline InterCity services, and Connect urban and suburban services, which mainly came from the Central Trains franchise. However, from April 2008, the company dropped the "Mainline" and "Connect" branding in favour of "London" and "Local" services. It also has four broad routes for the areas in which it operates, except for the high-speed InterCity services, which all serve London.
The new timetables indicate a reduction in off-peak departures at many smaller stations on London and Local routes, which has caused concern in affected communities; Kettering for example has had its northbound services halved.
In several interviews, East Midlands Trains indicated that services would be speeded up, not denying that some stations would lose their current high frequency of trains off-peak. Various rail-user groups have expressed dissatisfaction with various proposals, particularly those affecting smaller stations. Indeed, East Midlands Trains has been mentioned in Parliament several times due to customer dissatisfaction.
On 25 November 2008, Peter Bone (MP for Wellingborough) asked if the Secretary of State for Transport supports the "In the Can" campaign, whereby sardines are sent to the Chief Executive to show dissatisfaction at perceived overcrowding. Helen Southworth (then MP for Warrington South) also raised the overcrowding issue on the same day.
Despite public statements claiming improved services, peak-time services from St Pancras to Wellingborough between 16:30 and 18:00 have been reduced from seven to three, and an additional stop has been added to the 17:00, as well as reducing the train from eight cars to five. Furthermore, there is a severely restricted northbound evening peak service from the Luton stations with no services to Wellingborough, Kettering or stations north of Leicester (except a single service to Beeston, East Midlands Parkway and Nottingham) between 16:51 and 18:10.
Route-clearance trials have been carried out with Class 222 on routes from Nottingham to Liverpool, Lincoln and Norwich. Although East Midlands Trains has no current plans to use these units on Liverpool or Norwich services, except on Grand National weekend where a 7 car Class 222 is used between Liverpool and Nottingham only.
London St Pancras Services
|Service Pattern||Destination||Calling At||Main Stock||Journey Time|
|XX:00||Corby||Luton, Bedford, Wellingborough, Kettering||MER||1h 10min|
|extension||to Melton Mowbray (one service north/south)||Oakham||MER||1h 55min|
|extension||to Derby (one service north/south)||Oakham, Melton Mowbray, East Midlands Parkway||MER||2h 10min|
|XX:15||Nottingham||Market Harborough, Leicester, East Midlands Parkway||HST||1h 44min|
|XX:25||Sheffield||Leicester, Loughborough, East Midlands Parkway, Long Eaton, Derby, Chesterfield||MER||2h 27min|
|extension||to York (weekends) / Scarborough (summer Saturdays)||Doncaster||MER||3h 39min|
|XX:30||Nottingham||Luton Airport Parkway, Bedford, Wellingborough, Kettering, Market Harborough, Leicester, Loughborough, Beeston||MER||1h 56min|
|extension||to Lincoln (one service north/south)||Lowdham (Northbound only), Newark Castle, Collingham||MER||2h 54min|
|XX:55||Sheffield||Leicester, Derby, Chesterfield||MER||2h 7min|
|extension||to Leeds (some peak services)||Doncaster, Wakefield Westgate||HST||3h 10min|
The service pattern at the start of the franchise was of four off-peak departures from London: two fast (one to Sheffield and one to Nottingham), and two stopping (one to Derby and one to Nottingham). Sheffield peak-hour trains extended from and to Leeds, with weekend services also extending to York and Scarborough. One peak-hour Derby service was extended to Burton on Trent and one to Barnsley. EMT made no significant changes until the introduction of its December 2008 timetable.
From December 2008, EMT used the above service pattern (that shown in the box). There are five off-peak departures from London: two fast (one to Sheffield and one to Nottingham), one semi-fast (to Sheffield, extended from Derby from December 2009) and two stopping (one to Nottingham and one to Corby/Kettering). A smaller number of Sheffield peak-hour trains continue to extend from and to Leeds, with weekend services also extending to York and Scarborough. In addition a Nottingham service is extended to start from Lincoln, Monday to Saturday. There were plans initially for two return services to Skegness through from London in the summer; however, these currently run through from Derby instead of London, because of speed restrictions around Boston. The Burton on Trent and Barnsley services ceased at the beginning of the December 2008 timetable, when Corby services began. One Corby service was extended to Melton Mowbray at the outset, and a second was added to Derby from May 2010.
- From December 2009, East Midlands Trains runs two trains per hour between Sheffield and London (achieved by extending the xx.25 London-Derby service with a similar changes southbound).
- Corby benefited from the May 2010 timetable change, which provided an extra daily northbound service. The addition of the Derby service means that passengers now benefit from two daily northbound services, one to Derby and one to Melton Mowbray. Rail groups hope this will eventually lead to further northbound services from the town.
- The Sheffield Continental: 06:47 Sheffield to St Pancras. Introduced in December 2008.
- The Master Cutler: 07:27 Sheffield to St Pancras, and 16:55 return.
- The South Yorkshireman: 07:41 Sheffield to St Pancras, and 17:55 return. Introduced in December 2008.
- The Robin Hood: 07:10 Nottingham to St Pancras, and 16:15 return. A named service inherited from Midland Mainline.
|Express/Stopping||Liverpool to Norwich/Nottingham||Manchester Oxford Road & Piccadilly, Sheffield, Nottingham, Peterborough & Ely|
Route 2 services cross England from east to west from Liverpool Lime Street, Manchester (Oxford Road and Piccadilly), Sheffield, Nottingham, Peterborough, Ely and Norwich. Although the North West does not fall under East Midlands Train remit, historically the east-west route has been provided by the Central Citylink service. EMT sees this as a mainline route (and wants to develop it accordingly), and as such will paint relevant trains in the mainline livery.
Nottinghamshire County Council has consistently campaigned for better services between the four core cities of Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield and Nottingham. Network Rail's plans for the Manchester Hub would deliver extra train paths along the Hope Valley Line, enabling more trains to run from the North West to the East Midlands. In December 2012, more carriages were provided for services between Manchester and Nottingham.
|Local stopping||Nottingham to Mansfield Woodhouse/Worksop||Hucknall, Mansfield|
|Local stopping||Derby to Crewe||Uttoxeter, Stoke-on-Trent, Kidsgrove, Alsager|
|Local stopping||Nottingham to Matlock||Derby, Belper, Cromford|
Route 3 services link towns in the East Midlands and provide direct services to Crewe and Stoke. The Derby to Matlock service links to the Peak District.
|Local stopping||Newark North Gate to Cleethorpes||Lincoln Central, Grimsby Town|
|Local stopping||Peterborough to Doncaster||Sleaford, Lincoln Central|
|Local stopping||Nottingham to Skegness||Bingham, Sleaford, Boston|
|Local stopping||Leicester to Lincoln Central||Ivanhoe Line Stations (Syston - Loughborough), East Midlands Parkway, Nottingham, Newark|
Route 4 services link the East Midlands with eastern England. They are operated with Class 156 and Class 153 DMUs and occasionally Class 158 Express Sprinters.
Nottinghamshire County Council has paid for a study into increasing the line speed between Newark and Lincoln from 60 mph to 90 mph; it has also requested a doubling of service on the line.
Fares are set to rise by an average of 3.4% plus inflation each year. Stagecoach says that it needs to increase prices to keep its service going and to meet Government profit demands. 3.4% plus inflation over the franchise could mean a 58% fare increase over the length of the franchise, although the percentage increases relate to averages across a range of fares and deals.
Penalty Fare Scheme
In late 2009 a penalty fare scheme was introduced. The scheme includes all mainline stations served by EMT from London to Sheffield via Corby, Leicester, Nottingham, Derby, Alfreton. In addition it includes small commuter stations such as Syston, Attenborough, and Duffield, which have been provided with a Pertis machine which must be used.
Megatrain fares have also been introduced on Route 2 between Sheffield, Chesterfield, Nottingham and Peterborough or Norwich.
East Midlands Parkway is used as an interchange station for combined multi-modal journeys under the brand name "MegabusPlus", whereby passengers are carried by road coach from the cities in the north of England to East Midlands Parkway, where passengers transfer to rail for the service to London.
Routes operated under the "MegabusPlus" brand are between London and:
The bus from Hull and Scunthorpe also had a stop at Doncaster at the launch of MegabusPlus, but due to lack of demand in Doncaster, the service no longer calls there.
Stagecoach is currently spending more than £91 million on service improvements.
Increasing the number of departures from London to five an hour off-peak incorporating Corby services and extending the hours of operation with earlier arrival and later departures, to allow better connections with Eurostar at St Pancras.
London to Lincoln daily service via Nottingham.
East Midlands Trains Local Matlock to Derby services run hourly and extend to Nottingham. A new Sunday service runs on the Robin Hood Line between Nottingham and Mansfield Woodhouse. Trains will be lengthened on the east-west Liverpool Lime Street to Norwich route on weekdays. There will be an internal and external refit of all of the old trains to incorporate the new logo and livery.
Other changes to the timetable are planned, but these need to have approval from Network Rail, Office of Rail Regulation and the Department for Transport. Journey times will be further improved after planned infrastructure works are completed.
The Department for Transport in its franchise specification gave an indication of its ambitions for the timetable; this mainly related to former Midland Mainline services operating to and from London St Pancras.
|St Pancras – Sheffield (stopping only at the key locations of Chesterfield, Derby and Leicester with faster timings of 2hr 08min).|
|St Pancras – Corby. This train runs as a dedicated commuter/short distance service.|
|St Pancras – Derby (fast service).|
|St Pancras – Nottingham (fast)|
|St Pancras – Lincoln (stopping service, extended from Nottingham at peak times).|
|The current morning and evening services from and to Leeds are to continue as the HST fleet will continue to be maintained at Neville Hill depot in Leeds.|
|Weekend services to York and Scarborough will continue beyond the December 2008 timetable change.|
|Services to and from Barnsley and Burton upon Trent will cease to operate from the December 2008 timetable.|
|The 2008 timetable changes reduce frequency, capacity and speed of services between London, Kettering and Wellingborough.|
|There has been no mention of the proposed timetable in Lincolnshire and the other rural lines, although it is expected that service patterns will remain as now until the 2008 timetable change when there will be extensive consultation sessions. Standard hourly timetables are expected to be introduced on many routes.|
The provision of Wi-Fi Internet at key stations including Leicester, Derby, and Sheffield. Installation of ticket barriers at four more stations including London St Pancras Domestic, Derby Midland, Nottingham and Sheffield.
Introduction of smart card technology, similar to that used on South West Trains, at all London route stations and all those in the Leicester/Derby/Nottingham commuter triangle, and the installation of more self-service ticket machines across the network.
East Midlands Trains also manage stations at which they do not operate services. These stations are all only served by CrossCountry. They are as follows:
Originally it was proposed to remove the buffet cars from High Speed Train sets as they are very heavy and used only to cook breakfast on some trains; they were to be replaced by an at-seat trolley service. The company reviewed its decision and launched an enhanced catering service for the start of the May 2008 timetable. From September 2010 Rail Gourmet will provide all standard class catering on routes 1 and 2, with the customer host on route 1 services providing an enhanced first class service. WiFi will be available on all London services from 5 September 2010.
Stagecoach have targeted 90.3% (PPM) on London services and 87% (PPM) on Local services. Previously the Central Trains franchise had had difficulties with timekeeping due to the high number of potential clashes with late running other services en route and use of insufficient stock, causing long dwell times at stations due to slow unloading and loading. Figures released rated Central Trains' performance at 87.8% for the PPM (Public Performance Measure) over the first quarter of the financial year 2007/8. Latest figures released by NR (Network Rail) rated performance over the last year (up to 12 October 2013) at 91.5% (MAA) and 92.0% (PPM) for the seventh period of the financial year 2013/14.
Barrow upon Soar
On 1 February 2008, an East Midlands Trains Class 158 158856 from Nottingham to Norwich was involved in an incident at Barrow upon Soar. The train hit a footbridge in its path, after a road vehicle had struck and damaged the bridge causing it to be foul of the line. Six passengers were on board the service and the driver had to be cut free from the driving cab.
Soldiers' rail warrants incident
The company received media attention in January 2010 when a ticket inspector refused to allow a group of soldiers to travel from East Midlands Parkway to London St Pancras because their rail warrants had been made out for a different journey. Another passenger bought tickets for the soldiers and East Midlands Trains subsequently apologised for the incident.
Market Harborough incident
On 20 February 2010 an express from London St Pancras to Sheffield being operated by 222005 was derailed north of Market Harborough, causing track damage and major disruption to rail services for three days. East Midlands Trains put an emergency timetable into place, running services via Melton Mowbray on 21, 22 and 23 February. A complete safety check found no problems in the rest of the fleet.
Other than the lines to Liverpool and Manchester, no East Midlands Trains routes are electrified north of Bedford and all trains are diesel-powered.
East Midlands Trains inherited Midland Mainline’s InterCity 125 (HST) and Class 222 Meridian diesel-electric high-speed trains, along with some of the Sprinter diesel units (classes 153/156/158) formerly operated by Central Trains.
The High Speed Train sets are being refurbished over a sixty-week period. The first set was shown off to the public at the Neville Hill Open Day in September. The refurbishment features only a retrim of carpets, recovering of existing seats and new dado side panels, wall ends and seat-top hand grips being repainted. LED reading lights in first-class carriages are being removed and the wheelchair-accessible toilets are not being updated to meet the Disability Discrimination Act.
East Midlands Trains announced in March 2008 that it was to reform its Class 222 sets to prevent overcrowding. This will see the remaining 4-car Class 222 units receive an extra vehicle to become 5-car sets. This was accomplished by reducing one of the 8-car sets to a 5-car, with the remaining 8-car sets reduced to 7-cars. Extra capacity on long-distance routes is provided by running pairs of 5-car sets coupled together.
East Midlands Trains began the service from Corby on 23 February 2009. Initially, this was made up of one train per day in each direction, using the existing Meridian fleet. The full Corby service started on 27 April 2009.
The sprinter fleet which EMT inherited at the start of the franchise was in a very poor state. Problems ranged from basic and simple to major complicated faults. The fleet was put together from various sources - around four different previous companies, with some coming directly from passenger work but some that had been lying idle surplus to requirements off lease in sidings. East Midlands Trains has claimed that it will take the lifetime of the franchise to get the trains to a standard that it is happy with. In addition to the various sources of the trains, passenger figures given to the Department for Transport prior to the franchise were incorrect, leading to a shortfall in the number of seats provided (a 26% decrease in capacity on route 2) compared with what was required.
Four additional Class 156 DMUs, leased from Angel Trains have been cascaded from Northern to enable more route 2 services to run as four-coach trains by using these cascaded Class 156s on Skegness services in lieu of Class 158s. From December 2012 when the sprinter refurbishment programme is complete, all route 2 services between Liverpool and Nottingham will be able to operate as four-coach trains. In addition, from December 2011 the 13:52 from Liverpool will operate through to Norwich.
|Class||Image||Type||Top speed||Number||Cars per set||Routes operated||Built|
|Class 43 High Speed Train||Diesel locomotive||125||200||24||Operate with Mark 3s||Route 1
Route 4 (Skegness Summer Sat from 2009)
|Mark 3 Coach||Passenger Coach||125||200||108||Operate with HSTs||Route 1
Route 4 (Skegness Summer Sat from 2009)
|Class 153 Super Sprinter||DMU||75||120||17||1||Route 3
|Class 156 Super Sprinter||75||120||15||2||Route 2 (Occasionally)
|Class 158 Express Sprinter||90||145||25||2||Route 2
|Class 222 Meridian||DEMU||125||200||27||4, 5 or 7||Route 1
Route 2 (occasionally)
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 and Customer Hosts
- 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 - 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)
- Crewe, Crewe Works (light maintenance of 153, 156 & 158)
- Leeds, Neville Hill (heavy maintenance of HST)
- Norwich, Crown Point (light maintenance of 158)
Shunter drivers are employed by EMT at Derby, Nottingham and Leeds.
On-train catering for standard-class passengers on routes 1 and 2 is, as of September 2010, contracted out to Rail Gourmet, which has 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. EMT has staff at the following managed stations: St Pancras International, Wellingborough, Kettering, Corby, Market Harborough, Leicester, Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Stamford, Narborough, Hinckley, Loughborough, East Midlands Parkway, Long Eaton, Derby, Kidsgrove, Chesterfield, Sheffield, Beeston, Nottingham, Alfreton, Sleaford, Boston and Skegness.
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