East Midlands Railway

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East Midlands Railway
EastMidlandsRailway.svg
Leicester - Abellio 222104 Lincoln service.JPG
Class 222 at Leicester in EMR Intercity livery
Overview
Franchise(s)East Midlands
18 Aug 2019 – 21 Aug 2027
Main region(s)East Midlands
Greater London
South Yorkshire
North West England
Other region(s)East of England
Parent companyAbellio
Reporting markEM
PredecessorEast Midlands Trains
Other
Websiteeastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Route map
Route map

East Midlands Railway (EMR) is a train operating company in England, owned by Abellio, and is the current operator of the East Midlands franchise.

History[edit]

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.[1] Abellio was added in February 2018.[2]

FirstGroup and Trenitalia pulled out of the bidding process in April 2018 to focus on the West Coast Partnership franchise.[3] 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.[4]

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:[5]

  • EMR Intercity for long-distance services from London St Pancras
  • EMR Regional for services across the East Midlands
  • EMR Electrics for the outer suburban London St Pancras to Corby service

Services[edit]

EMR operates commuter services from London St Pancras to Corby, as well as intercity services from London St Pancras along the Midland Main Line to Nottingham 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 (Express service). Services from Nottingham to Liverpool Lime Street will transfer to another operator during the life of the franchise.[6] The Barton line was expected to transfer from Northern in 2019, but this has been delayed.[7]

Over the course of the franchise, several planned timetable changes are to be made:[6]

  • 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
EMR Commuter
Route tph Calling at Stock
London St Pancras - Corby 1 Luton, Bedford, Wellingborough, Kettering 222
EMR Intercity
Route tph Calling at Stock
London St Pancras - Nottingham 1 Luton Airport Parkway, Bedford, Wellingborough, Kettering, Market Harborough, Leicester, Loughborough, Beeston 222
1 Market Harborough, Leicester, East Midlands Parkway 43
London St Pancras - Sheffield 1 Leicester, Loughborough, East Midlands Parkway, Long Eaton, Derby, Chesterfield 222
1 Leicester, Derby, Chesterfield
EMR Regional
Route tph Calling at Stock
Liverpool Lime Street - Norwich (regional express) 1 Liverpool South Parkway, Widnes, Warrington Central, Manchester Oxford Road, Manchester Piccadilly, Stockport, Sheffield, Chesterfield, Alfreton, Nottingham, Grantham, Peterborough, Ely, Thetford 153
156
158
Crewe - Derby 1 Alsager, Kidsgrove, Longport, Stoke-on-Trent, Longton, Blythe Bridge, Uttoxeter, Tutbury and Hatton, Peartree (limited)
Matlock - Newark Castle 1 Matlock Bath, Cromford, Whatstandwell, Ambergate, Belper, Duffield, Derby, Spondon (limited), Long Eaton, Attenborough, Beeston, Nottingham, Carlton, Burton Joyce (1tp2h), Lowdham, Thurgarton (1tp2h), Bleasby (1tp2h), Fiskerton, Rolleston (1tp2h)
Stations served two-hourly are all served by the same train.
Leicester - Lincoln Central 1 Syston, Sileby, Barrow-upon-Soar, Loughborough, East Midlands Parkway, Beeston, Nottingham, Newark Castle, Collingham, Swinderby (1tp2h), Hykeham
Worksop - Nottingham 1 Whitwell, Creswell, Langwith-Whaley Thorns, Shirebrook, Mansfield Woodhouse, Mansfield, Sutton Parkway, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Newstead (Worksop-bound only), Hucknall, Bulwell (Nottingham-bound only)
Mansfield Woodhouse - Nottingham 1 Mansfield, Sutton Parkway, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Newstead (Nottingham-bound only), Hucknall, Bulwell (Mansfield-bound only)
Nottingham - Skegness 1 Netherfield (limited), Radcliffe (limited), Bingham, Aslockton (irregular), Elton and Orston (limited), Bottesford (1tp2h), Grantham, Ancaster (limited), Rauceby (limited), Sleaford, Heckington, Swineshead (limited), Hubberts Bridge (limited), Boston, Thorpe Culvert (limited), Wainfleet, Havenhouse (limited)
Newark North Gate - Grimsby Town 12 Collingham (limited), Swinderby (limited), Hykeham (limited), Lincoln Central, Market Rasen, Barnetby, Habrough
Some of these services are separated into two at Lincoln Central.
Lincoln Central - Peterborough 1 Metheringham, Ruskington, Sleaford, Spalding
Doncaster - Lincoln Central Gainsborough Lea Road, Saxilby
Limited service; only 4–5 trains each way per day.

2020 Coronavirus outbreak[edit]

As part of the British response to the COVID-19 pandemic, East Midlands Railway reduced its services to protect its staff and discourage non-essential travel. As of 18 May 2020, emergency schedules are as follows:[8]

  • Intercity
    • 1tph from St Pancras to Sheffield - calling at Leicester, Loughborough, East Midlands Parkway, Long Eaton, Derby, and Chesterfield
    • 1tph from St Pancras to Nottingham, calling at Luton Airport Parkway, Bedford, Wellingborough, Kettering, Market Harborough, Leicester, Loughborough, and Beeston
    • 1tph shuttle between Kettering and Corby
  • Regional
    • 1tph from Liverpool Lime Street to Nottingham, with one train per two hours extended to Norwich
    • 1tph from Derby to Crewe via Stoke-on-Trent, excepting the cancellation of every third service
    • 1tph from Nottingham to Worksop
    • 1tph from Lincoln to Leicester
    • 5tpd from Peterborough to Lincoln via Sleaford, with reduced operating hours
    • 4tpd from Doncaster to Lincoln, with no Sunday services
    • 1tp2h from Nottingham to Skegness via Grantham, with reduced operating hours
    • 1tp2h from Matlock to Newark Castle via Nottingham, with reduced operating hours and no service beyond Nottingham on Sundays
    • 1tp2h from Newark Northgate to Grimsby Town (3tpd from Newark Northgate to Cleethorpes on Sundays), with reduced operating hours

Rolling stock[edit]

East Midlands Railway inherited a fleet of InterCity 125s, Class 153, Class 156, Class 158, and Class 222s from East Midlands Trains. Nine additional Class 156 units from Greater Anglia were introduced by January 2020 to replace 18 Class 153 units. However, some class 153s have been brought back into service to help with social distancing on services. Nine 8-carriage InterCity 125 sets have also been transferred from London North Eastern Railway, with the first set having entered service on 4 May 2020.[9][10]

Current fleet[edit]

Trainset Class Image Type Top Speed Number Cars Routes Operated and Notes: Built
mph km/h
Shunting locomotive
08[11] Neville Hill - EMT 08908 (cropped).jpg Shunter 15 24 4 N/A Stock movements 1952–62
EMR Intercity
InterCity 125 43 Leicester - Abellio 43055 (Stagecoach colours).JPG Loco 125 200 9 6 or 8 1976–82
St Pancras - Abellio 43423-43465 (Stagecoach colours).JPG 6
Gleneagles - LNER 43305 up Highland Chielftain.JPG 23[12]
Mark 3 East Midlands Railway Mark 3 Overview.jpg Coach 136 1975–88
IC125@40 - TS 42210 at York.JPG 78
Class 43 MK3 East Midlands Trains Diagram.PNG
EMR Commuter/EMR Intercity
Bombardier Voyager 222 Meridian East Midlands Railway 221104 at St Pancras.jpg
EMR 222016 - 222020 at St Pancras.jpg
DEMU 125 200 4 4 2003–05
17 5
6 7
Class 222 East Midlands Railway Diagram.png
EMR Regional
Sprinter 153 Super Sprinter Loughborough - Abellio 153321+153383 (Stagecoach colours).JPG DMU 75 120 7 1
  • Regional routes
1987–88
156 Super Sprinter Cromford - Anellio 156413 (Stagecoach colours).JPG 24 2
  • Regional routes
1987–89
Class 156 East Midlands Railway Ex-EMT Plain Blue Diagram.png

East Midlands Railway Class 156 Purple.png

158/0 Express Sprinter Manchester Piccadilly - Abellio 158774 (plain white).JPG 90 145 26 2
  • Regional routes
1989–92
Class 158 East Midlands Railway Plain Diagram.png

Future fleet[edit]

Existing stock to be added will consist of 21 Class 360s from Greater Anglia, 28 Class 170s (5 from Abellio ScotRail and 23 from West Midlands Trains[13]), 12 Class 171s from Southern (which will be converted back to Class 170s) and 4 Class 180s from Hull Trains,[14][15] those altogether will enable the High Speed Trains, Class 153, Class 156 and Class 158 sets to be withdrawn although some of the gaps will be filled in when Liverpool-Nottingham service is taken over by another operator. The Class 360 will be introduced as a result of the electrification of the Midland Main Line from Bedford to Corby and will displace Class 222 from London-Corby services. The latter will then work on other InterCity Routes where they will replace the HSTs, working alongside the Class 180s.[16][17]

3x 6-carriage HSTs are to be retained until December 2020, when they will be replaced by Class 180s.[18]

33x 5-carriage Class 810 bi-mode trains will be introduced by 2022.,[19][20][21] these will enable the High Speed Trains, Class 180 and Class 222 to be withdrawn.

Trainset Class Image Type Top Speed Number Cars Routes Operated In Service
mph km/h
EMR Intercity
Alstom Coradia 180 Adelante Hull - Hull Trains 180110.JPG DMU 125 200 4 5 2020
Hitachi AT300 810 EMR AT300.jpg BMU 33[22] 2022
EMR Electrics
Siemens Desiro 360 Romford railway station MMB 20 360102 360112.jpg EMU 110 180 21 4 2021[23]
Class 360 East Midlands Railway Electrics livery updated.png
EMR Regional
Bombardier Turbostar 170 Hereford - WMT 170510 on the way to Birmingham New Street.JPG DMU 100 161 23[24] 2
  • Regional routes
2020–21
Class 170 East Midlands Railway 2-Car Diagram.png
Falkirk High - Abellio 170454 arriving from Glasgow.JPG 100 161 5 3
  • Regional routes
2020–21
Class 170 East Midlands Railway 3-Car Diagram.png
Class 171 Hastings 13745676313.jpg 100 161 4 2
  • Regional routes

To be converted from ex-Southern Class 171s

2022[25]
8 3
Class 170 East Midlands Railway 2-Car Diagram.png

Class 170 East Midlands Railway 3-Car Diagram.png

Past fleet[edit]

As of July 2020, 14 Class 153s have been withdrawn from EMR's regional fleet, 4 were transferred to Transport for Wales, whilst the remaining 10 units went into storage. 18 Class 153s will be replaced by the 9 Class 156s transferred from Greater Anglia. However, some units have been brought back into service to help with social distancing on services. The 10 Class 153s that have gone into storage will move to Northern Trains to replace 8 of their Class 153s. As of July 2020, 10 Class 43s have gone into storage and 3 were transferred to Locomotive Services Limited after being replaced by the ex-LNER Class 43s.

Trainset Class Image Type Top Speed Number Cars Routes Transferred to Withdrawn
mph km/h
EMR Intercity
InterCity 125 43 Leicester - Abellio 43055 (Stagecoach colours).JPG Loco 125 200 13 N/A Storage (10)

Locomotive Services Limited (3)

2020
EMR Regional
Sprinter 153 Super Sprinter
Loughborough - Abellio 153321+153383 (Stagecoach colours).JPG
DMU 75 120 14 1
  • Regional routes
Transport for Wales (4)

Storage/Northern Trains (10)

2019–20

Depots[edit]

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 HSTs 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:

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 RG (Previously known as Rail Gourmet), which has depots at London St Pancras, 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Three prequalify for next East Midlands franchise Railway Gazette International 1 March 2017
  2. ^ Abellio joins East Midlands franchise shortlist Railway Gazette International 6 February 2018
  3. ^ First Group and Trenitalia pull out of East Midlands franchise contest International Railway Journal 23 April 2018
  4. ^ More seats, services and state-of-the-art trains for passengers on new East Midlands railway Department for Transport 10 April 2019
  5. ^ Pegden, Tom. "How Midland Mainline trains will soon look". Leicester Mercury. Reach plc. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  6. ^ a b East Midlands Rail Franchise Department for Transport
  7. ^ East Midlands rail franchise consultation Department for Transport
  8. ^ Important Coronavirus Travel Information – Introduction of reduced timetable
  9. ^ Clinnick, Richard. "Cascaded LNER HSTs to plug the gap in East Midlands fleet". RAIL. Bauer Media Group. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  10. ^ First EMR HST replacement in service next week Railway Herald Issue 673 22 January 2020 page 8
  11. ^ Brown, Doc. "08 Train". DocBrown. Phil Brown. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  12. ^ https://www.railforums.co.uk/threads/east-midlands-railway-livery-and-station-branding.187931/page-18
  13. ^ Clinnick, Richard. "Progress on new train fleets continues". RAIL. Bauer Media Group. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  14. ^ Hitachi rumoured to have won EMR bi-mode deal Rail issue 884 31 July 2019 page 28
  15. ^ East Midlands Railway unveils new look Today's Railways UK issue 212 August 2019 page 13
  16. ^ EMR Regional Fleet in the future
  17. ^ [1],railforums uk
  18. ^ EMR Bi-Mode Specification Confirmed Modern Railways issue 856 January 2020 page 19
  19. ^ "Abellio invests £400 million in new Hitachi trains for East Midlands Railway". 30 July 2019. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  20. ^ Abellio orders East Midlands inter-city fleet Railway Gazette International 30 July 2019
  21. ^ https://twitter.com/C_G_Wright/status/1230194494529732613
  22. ^ Pritchard, Robert, ed. (September 2019). "Hitachi Scoops Order for East Midlands". Today's Railways. No. 213. Sheffield: Platform 5. p. 6. ISSN 1475-9713.
  23. ^ https://www.northantstelegraph.co.uk/news/transport/big-changes-kettering-wellingborough-and-corby-train-services-delayed-until-next-year-2904630
  24. ^ 170630-170635 formerly in 3 car formation
  25. ^ 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.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
East Midlands Trains
Operator of East Midlands franchise
2019-2027
Succeeded by
Incumbent