Abellio has successfully bid to operate the East Midlands franchise from August 2019 until 2027. They will be at the forefront of the government's commitment to deliver a cleaner, greener rail network, as well as delivering faster journey times over long-distances.

Other benefits include:

  • new or modern, refurbished trains by the end of 2022
  • a reduction in the notice period for booking Passenger Assistance at stations
  • smart ticketing extended and new smart ticket vending machine kiosks at 52 stations
  • compensation for delays of more than 15 minutes
  • 6 existing stations converted to become zero carbon
  • trialling of hydrogen fuel cell trains

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Sheffield - Derby - London

Benefits include:

  • from May 2020, modern diesel trains will begin to replace aging HSTs. Timetable changes will enable faster journey times from December 2020
  • earlier and later train service each day to East Midlands Parkway enabling better airport connectivity
  • earlier and later trains to and from London, with a more regular evening service between London and Sheffield
  • brand-new 125mph trains will be introduced into service from April 2022 with:
    • more reliable service
    • improved comfort
    • passenger information system
    • free on-board Wi-Fi
    • at-seat power sockets
    • USB points
    • air conditioning
    • tables at all seats
    • increased luggage space
    • on-board cycle storage

Nottingham - London

Benefits include:

  • from May 2020, modern diesel trains will replace some aging HSTs. Timetable changes will enable faster journey times from December 2020
  • an additional train to Kettering will increase services to 2 per hour
  • earlier and later train service each day to East Midlands Parkway enabling better airport connectivity
  • brand-new 125mph trains will be introduced into service from April 2022 with:
    • more reliable service
    • improved comfort
    • passenger information system
    • free on-board Wi-Fi
    • at-seat power sockets
    • USB points
    • air conditioning
    • tables at all seats
    • increased luggage space
    • on-board cycle storage

London - Corby

Benefits include:

  • dedicated Corby - St Pancras express service will be introduced from December 2020 with 12-car trains in the peaks
  • Corby - London service doubled to 2 trains per hour all day
  • Kettering, Luton and Luton Airport Parkway services provided with 2 trains per hour for most of the day
  • enhanced Sunday service throughout the route with regular direct Sunday services between London and Corby
  • refurbished modern express trains from December 2020, with:
    • increased capacity
    • more reliable service
    • improved comfort
    • passenger information system
    • free on-board Wi-Fi
    • at-seat power sockets
    • USB points
    • air conditioning
    • tables at all seats
    • increased luggage space
    • on-board cycle storage

Norwich - Nottingham - Liverpool

Benefits include:

  • early in the new franchise the Liverpool - Nottingham section will transfer to another operator, which will enable the two halves of the service to better meet the needs of customers
  • refurbished, modern trains with:
    • more reliable service
    • improved comfort
    • passenger information system displays
    • free on-board Wi-Fi
    • at-seat power sockets
    • USB points
    • air conditioning
    • tables at all seats
    • increased luggage space
  • limited services will continue to operate via Stamford and Loughborough

Norwich - Nottingham - Derby

Benefits include:

  • a new through-service between Norwich and Derby after transfer of the Liverpool - Nottingham route out of the franchise
  • from this point, trains between Norwich and Nottingham will be extended to/from Derby enhancing regional connectivity and providing an additional train each hour between Nottingham and Derby
  • regular hourly Sunday service
  • refurbished, modern trains with:
    • more reliable service
    • improved comfort
    • passenger information system displays
    • free on-board Wi-Fi
    • at-seat power sockets
    • USB points
    • air conditioning
    • tables at all seats
    • increased luggage space
  • limited services will continue to operate via Stamford and Loughborough

Crewe - Derby - Nottingham

Benefits include:

  • Crewe-Derby services will operate with increased capacity compared to today
  • most services will be extended to and from Nottingham, and a later evening service is to be provided in both directions
  • enhanced Sunday service with a regular hourly service starting early in the morning
  • increased Community Rail Partnership funding
  • refurbished, modern trains with:
    • more reliable service
    • improved comfort
    • passenger information system displays
    • free on-board Wi-Fi
    • at-seat power sockets
    • USB points
    • air conditioning
    • tables at all seats
    • increased luggage space

Matlock - Derby - Nottingham

Benefits include:

  • enhanced Sunday service providing an hourly service for most of the day
  • increased Community Rail Partnership funding
  • refurbished, modern trains with:
    • more reliable service
    • improved comfort
    • passenger information system displays
    • free on-board Wi-Fi
    • at-seat power sockets
    • USB points
    • air conditioning
    • tables at all seats
    • increased luggage space

Nottingham - Lincoln - Grimsby

Benefits include:

  • new Nottingham - Grimsby service, with limited extension to Cleethorpes
  • extended hours of operation providing two trains per hour between Nottingham and Newark Castle for more of the day
  • Sunday service between Lincoln and Grimsby all-year round
  • increased Community Rail Partnership funding
  • refurbished, modern trains with:
    • more reliable service
    • improved comfort
    • passenger information system displays
    • free on-board Wi-Fi
    • at-seat power sockets
    • USB points
    • air conditioning
    • tables at all seats
    • increased luggage space

Nottingham - Worksop

Benefits include:

  • later evening service on weekdays
  • new Sunday service to and from Worksop
  • refurbished, modern trains with:
    • more reliable service
    • improved comfort
    • passenger information system displays
    • free on-board Wi-Fi
    • at-seat power sockets
    • USB points
    • air conditioning
    • tables at all seats
    • increased luggage space

Nottingham - Skegness

Benefits include:

  • additional peak services between Nottingham and Grantham
  • earlier morning and later evening Nottingham - Boston services
  • enhanced Sunday service, provided all-year round
  • increased Community Rail Partnership funding
  • refurbished, modern trains with:
    • more reliable service
    • improved comfort
    • passenger information system displays
    • free on-board Wi-Fi
    • at-seat power sockets
    • USB points
    • air conditioning
    • tables at all seats
    • increased luggage space

Leicester - Nottingham

Benefits include:

  • later evening service on weekdays and new Sunday service
  • refurbished, modern trains with:
    • more reliable service
    • improved comfort
    • passenger information system displays
    • free on-board Wi-Fi
    • at-seat power sockets
    • USB points
    • air conditioning
    • tables at all seats
    • increased luggage space

Peterborough - Lincoln - Doncaster

Benefits include:

  • hourly Peterborough - Lincoln - Doncaster through-service from Dec 2021
  • new Sunday service between Lincoln and Doncaster
  • increased Community Rail Partnership funding
  • refurbished, modern trains with:
    • more reliable service
    • improved comfort
    • passenger information system displays
    • free on-board Wi-Fi
    • at-seat power sockets
    • USB points
    • air conditioning
    • tables at all seats
    • increased luggage space

Barton-on-Humber - Cleethorpes

Benefits include:

  • new route for East Midlands, transferred from Northern
  • enhanced Sunday service providing Sunday services all-year round
  • increased Community Rail Partnership funding
  • refurbished, modern trains with:
    • more reliable service
    • improved comfort
    • passenger information system displays
    • free on-board Wi-Fi
    • at-seat power sockets
    • USB points
    • air conditioning
    • tables at all seats
    • increased luggage space

Lincoln - London

Benefits include:

  • doubling of direct Lincoln - St Pancras service, via Nottingham, to 2 trains per day each way
  • provides additional peak capacity between Nottingham and Lincoln
  • brand-new 125mph trains will be introduced into service from April 2022 with:
    • more reliable service
    • improved comfort
    • passenger information system
    • free on-board Wi-Fi
    • at-seat power sockets
    • USB points
    • air conditioning
    • tables at all seats
    • increased luggage space
    • on-board cycle storage

London - Oakham - Melton Mowbray

Benefits include:

  • after electrification of the Corby route there will continue to be direct service each way between London and Oakham and Melton Mowbray once each weekday, via Corby
  • this will be operated with brand new 125mph trains when these are introduced from April 2022 with:
    • more reliable service
    • improved comfort
    • passenger information system
    • free on-board Wi-Fi
    • at-seat power sockets
    • USB points
    • air conditioning
    • tables at all seats
    • increased luggage space
    • on-board cycle storage

London - Leeds and York

Benefits include:

  • there will continue to be a limited extension of London St Pancras - Sheffield service to provide a direct service to London from:
    • York, at weekends, and
    • Leeds
  • brand-new 125mph trains will be introduced on the York service in 2022 with:
    • more reliable service
    • improved comfort
    • passenger information system
    • free on-board Wi-Fi
    • at-seat power sockets
    • USB points
    • air conditioning
    • tables at all seats
    • increased luggage space
    • on-board cycle storage

Newark North Gate - Lincoln

Benefits include:

  • refurbished, modern trains with:
    • more reliable service
    • improved comfort
    • passenger information system
    • free on-board Wi-Fi
    • at-seat power sockets
    • USB points
    • air conditioning
    • tables at all seats
    • increased luggage space
  • limited early morning services will continue to operate to and from Cleethorpes
  • will provide passengers with an hourly service between Lincoln and Newark North Gate when combined with the two-hourly East Coast service between Lincoln and King's Cross