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East Midlands Railway

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East Midlands Railway
Leicester - Abellio 222104 Lincoln service.JPG
Class 222 at Leicester in EMR Intercity livery
Franchise(s)East Midlands
18 August 2019 – 31 March 2022
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
Route map
Route map

Abellio East Midlands Limited,[1] trading as East Midlands Railway (EMR), is a train operating company in England, owned by Abellio, and is the current operator of the East Midlands franchise.


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.[2] Abellio was added in February 2018.[3]

FirstGroup and Trenitalia pulled out of the bidding process in April 2018 to focus on the West Coast Partnership franchise.[4] 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.[5]

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:[6]

  • 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

In April 2021 it was announced that EMR Electrics would be rebranded as EMR Connect.[7]

Franchise suspension and termination agreement

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic leading to a collapse in revenues in March 2020, the franchise was suspended and replaced by an Emergency Measure Agreement for six months under which the Department for Transport assumed responsibility for all revenues and costs and EMR was paid a management fee.[8] This was superseded by an Emergency Recovery Measures Agreement (ERMA) under which the original franchise agreement was terminated. The franchise will operate until March 2022.[9][10]


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 and York. 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 were to transfer to another operator during the life of the franchise,[11] although following a review by the DfT, this will no longer take place; the service instead being split at Nottingham as intended but remaining with EMR.[12] The Barton line was expected to transfer from Northern in 2019, but this has been delayed.[13]

Contactless payment card can be used between London St Pancras International and Luton Airport Parkway.

Over the course of the franchise, several planned timetable changes are to be made:[11]

  • 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 Norwich split at Nottingham
  • 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 Intercity
Route tph Calling at Stock
London St Pancras - Corby 1 Luton, Bedford, Wellingborough, Kettering 222
London St Pancras - Nottingham 1 Luton Airport Parkway, Bedford, Wellingborough, Kettering, Market Harborough, Leicester, Loughborough, Beeston
1 Market Harborough, Leicester, East Midlands Parkway 43, 180
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
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 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, Market Rasen, Barnetby, Habrough
Some of these services are separated into two at Lincoln.
Lincoln - Peterborough 1 Metheringham, Ruskington, Sleaford, Spalding
Doncaster - Lincoln Gainsborough Lea Road, Saxilby
Limited service; only 4–5 trains each way per day.

Rolling stock

East Midlands Railway inherited a fleet of 28 Class 43s, 21 Class 153s, 15 Class 156s, 26 Class 158s, and 27 Class 222s from East Midlands Trains. In January 2020 nine additional Class 156 units from Greater Anglia were introduced into service. 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. They will be replaced by mid-2021.[14] To replace the ex-Grand Central “buffered” HST sets, EMR commenced a lease of the 4 former Hull Trains Class 180 fleet despite their history of technical difficulties, with the first units entering service on 13 December 2020.[15][16]

By May 2021 East Midlands Railway plans to run EMR Connect services using 21 refurbished Class 360s, by the end of 2022 plans to run EMR Regional services using 40 Class 170s, and by the end of 2023 plans to run EMR Intercity services using 33 new bi-mode Class 810s. The new and refurbished trains will provide:[17]

  • a 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

Current fleet

Trainset Class Image Type Top Speed Number Cars Routes Operated and Notes: Built
mph km/h
Shunting locomotive
Neville Hill - EMT 08908 (cropped).jpg
Shunter 15 24 4 N/A
  • Stock movements
EMR Intercity
InterCity 125 43
Gleneagles - LNER 43305 up Highland Chielftain.JPG
Loco 125 200 10 6 1975-82
Mark 3
IC125@40 - TS 42210 at York.JPG
Coach 18 1975-88
Bombardier Voyager 222 Meridian
East Midlands Railway 221104 at St Pancras.jpg

EMR 222016 - 222020 at St Pancras.jpg
DMU 125 200 4 4 2003-05
17 5
6 7
222-1 4 car EMR Interim Livery.png
Class 222 East Midlands Railway Diagram.png

222 1 EMR Interim.png
222-0 7 car EMR Interim Livery.png

Alstom Coradia 180 Adelante
Hull - Hull Trains 180110.JPG
DMU 125 200 4 5 2000-2001
180 EMR Interim Livery.png
EMR Regional
Sprinter 153 Super Sprinter
EMR 153319 at the bay platforms, Lincoln station.jpg
DMU 75 120 6 1
  • Regional routes
156 Super Sprinter
Cromford - Anellio 156413 (Stagecoach colours).JPG

EMR 156916 in central Lincoln.jpg
24 2
  • Regional routes

158/0 Express Sprinter
Manchester Piccadilly - Abellio 158774 (plain white).JPG
90 145 26 2
  • Regional routes

Bombardier Turbostar 170
170417 The Key Worker.jpg
DMU 100 161 5 3
  • Regional routes
Class 170 East Midlands Railway 3-Car Diagram.png

Future fleet

Originally nine former LNER High Speed Train sets were to replace a similar number of sets inherited from East Midlands Trains. However after the carriages were found to require more repairs than originally envisaged, this was cut back to five sets.[18]

Other existing stock to be added will consist of 21 Class 360s from Greater Anglia, 23 Class 170s from West Midlands Trains[19] and 12 Class 171s from Southern (which will be converted back to Class 170s).[20][21] Those altogether will enable the High Speed Trains, Class 153, Class 156 and Class 158 sets to be withdrawn, although some of the gaps were to be filled in when the Liverpool-Nottingham service was taken over by another operator. This will now not take place, with a proposal made to transfer 15 Class 185 units from TransPennine Express to prevent the shortfall in stock caused by EMR retaining this service. [22]

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. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the electrification between Bedford and Corby has been delayed and the Class 360s are now expected to enter service in May 2021 instead of December 2020.[23] The Class 222s will then work on other InterCity Routes where they will replace the HSTs, working alongside the Class 180s by mid-2021.[24][25]

To replace the Class 180 and Class 222 units, 33 5-carriage Class 810 bi-mode trains will be introduced in 2023. [26][27] In May 2020, EMR opened a competition to give the class their own unique brand name.[28] In October 2020, EMR announced that the fleet will have the 'Aurora' brand.[29]

Trainset Class Image Type Top Speed Number Cars Routes Operated In Service
mph km/h
EMR Intercity
Hitachi AT300 810 Aurora
EMR AT300.jpg
BMU 125 200 33[30] 5 2023[31]
EMR Connect
Siemens Desiro 360
Romford railway station MMB 20 360102 360112.jpg
EMU 110 180 21 4 2021[32]
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[33] 2
  • Regional routes
Class 170 East Midlands Railway 2-Car Diagram.png
Class 171 Hastings 13745676313.jpg
100 161 4 2
  • Regional routes
  • To be converted from ex-Southern Class 171s
8 3
Class 170 East Midlands Railway 2-Car Diagram.png

Class 170 East Midlands Railway 3-Car Diagram.png

Past fleet

The last of the InterCity 125 sets East Midlands Railway inherited from East Midlands Trains were withdrawn in December 2020, being replaced by five ex LNER InterCity 125 sets which were more compliant with new regulations and four Class 180s.[34]

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 22 N/A 2020
St Pancras - Abellio 43423-43465 (Stagecoach colours).JPG
  • Storage
Gleneagles - LNER 43305 up Highland Chielftain.JPG
  • Storage
Mark 3
East Midlands Railway Mark 3 Overview.jpg
Coach 136 2020
IC125@40 - TS 42210 at York.JPG
  • Storage
EMR Regional
Sprinter 153 Super Sprinter
Derby - Abellio 153383+153374+153308 (Stagecoach colours).JPG
DMU 75 120 15 1
  • Regional routes


EMR operates two depots; Derby Etches Park and Nottingham Eastcroft. The High Speed Trains are maintained at Neville Hill TMD.[42] The Class 360s will be maintained at Bedford Cauldwell Walk depot by Siemens Mobility.[43]


  1. ^ "ABELLIO EAST MIDLANDS LIMITED". Companies House. HM Government. Retrieved 18 January 2021.
  2. ^ Three prequalify for next East Midlands franchise Railway Gazette International 1 March 2017
  3. ^ Abellio joins East Midlands franchise shortlist Railway Gazette International 6 February 2018
  4. ^ First Group and Trenitalia pull out of East Midlands franchise contest International Railway Journal 23 April 2018
  5. ^ More seats, services and state-of-the-art trains for passengers on new East Midlands railway Department for Transport 10 April 2019
  6. ^ Pegden, Tom. "How Midland Mainline trains will soon look". Leicester Mercury. Reach plc. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  7. ^ "New train timetable from Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough revealed for May electric revolution". Retrieved 2021-04-16.
  8. ^ Covid-19: government suspends rail franchise agreements The Guardian 23 March 2020
  9. ^ UK government announces the end of rail franchising Railway Gazette International 21 September 2020
  10. ^ Transitional ERMAs pave the way to management contracts Modern Railways 23 September 2020
  11. ^ a b East Midlands Rail Franchise Department for Transport
  12. ^
  13. ^ East Midlands rail franchise consultation Department for Transport
  14. ^ Cameron White. "WATCH: Final East Midlands Railway VP185 Class 43 locomotive at Chesterfield". Rail Advent. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  15. ^ Clinnick, Richard. "Cascaded LNER HSTs to plug the gap in East Midlands fleet". Rail. Bauer Media Group. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  16. ^ First EMR HST replacement in service next week Railway Herald Issue 673 22 January 2020 page 8
  17. ^
  18. ^ Ex LNER 43 moved to Barrow Hill Rail issue 917 4 November 2020 page 31
  19. ^ Clinnick, Richard. "Progress on new train fleets continues". RAIL. Bauer Media Group. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  20. ^ Hitachi rumoured to have won EMR bi-mode deal Rail issue 884 31 July 2019 page 28
  21. ^ East Midlands Railway unveils new look Today's Railways UK issue 212 August 2019 page 13
  22. ^
  23. ^
  24. ^ EMR Regional Fleet in the future
  25. ^ EMR Bi-Mode Specification Confirmed Modern Railways issue 856 January 2020 page 19
  26. ^ "Abellio invests £400 million in new Hitachi trains for East Midlands Railway". 30 July 2019. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  27. ^ Abellio orders East Midlands inter-city fleet Railway Gazette International 30 July 2019
  28. ^ "EMR launches competition to name new Intercity fleet | EMR | East Midlands Railway". Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  29. ^ "Aurora - the name for East Midlands Railway Class 810 trains". RailAdvent. 2020-10-27. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  30. ^ Pritchard, Robert, ed. (September 2019). "Hitachi Scoops Order for East Midlands". Today's Railways. No. 213. Sheffield: Platform 5. p. 6. ISSN 1475-9713.
  31. ^
  32. ^
  33. ^ 170630-170635 formerly in 3 car formation
  34. ^ Double Paxman Demise Modern Railways issue 868 January 2021 page 50
  35. ^ "WATCH: LSL's Blue Pullman Class 43 locomotives passes through Chesterfield". Rail Advent. Cameron White. 2020-12-19. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  36. ^ 43044 – Production HST Power Car - 125 Group. Retrieved 2021-02-23.
  37. ^ 43048 – Production HST Power Car - 125 Group. Retrieved 2021-01-07.
  38. ^ 43089 – Production HST Power Car - 125 Group. Retrieved 2021-01-07.
  39. ^
  40. ^ DMU shuffle for East Midlands Railways Illustrated March 2020 page 9
  41. ^ EMR Class 153s join Welsh fleet Rail issue 919 2 December 2020 page 30
  42. ^ A New Era for the East Midlands as Abellio starts its fifth franchise Today's Railways UK issue 214 October 2019 pages 24-26
  43. ^ "EMR Looks To 2020 Timetable Change". Modern Railways. 2019-12-24. Retrieved 2021-02-15.

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Preceded by
East Midlands Trains
Operator of East Midlands franchise
Succeeded by
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