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East Midlands Railway
East Midlands Railway
Leicester - Abellio 222104 Lincoln service.JPG
Class 222 at Leicester in EMR Intercity livery
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
National Rail abbreviationEM
Parent companyAbellio
Route map
Route map

East Midlands Railway (EMR) is a train operating company in England owned by Abellio that 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.[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 local services
  • EMR Electrics for the London St Pancras to Corby service


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.[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 Intercity
Route tph Calling at Stock
London St Pancras - Sheffield 1 Leicester, Derby, Chesterfield 222
1 Leicester, Loughborough, East Midlands Parkway, Long Eaton, Derby, Chesterfield
London St Pancras - Nottingham 1 Market Harborough, Leicester, East Midlands Parkway 43 + Mark 3
1 Luton Airport Parkway, Bedford, Wellingborough, Kettering, Market Harborough, Leicester, Loughborough, Beeston 222
London St Pancras - Corby 1 Luton, Bedford, Wellingborough, Kettering
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 1tp2h 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.

Rolling stock

East Midlands Railway inherited a fleet of InterCity 125, Class 153, Class 156, Class 158, and Class 222s from East Midlands Trains.

Current fleet

Class Image Type Top Speed Number Cars Routes Operated and Notes: Built
mph km/h
Shunting locomotive
08[8] Shunter 15 24 4 N/A Stock movements 1952–62
EMR Intercity
43 Leicester - Abellio 43055 (Stagecoach colours).JPG
St Pancras - Abellio 43423-43465 (Stagecoach colours).JPG
Loco 125 200 30 6 or 8 1976-82
Mark 3 Derby - Abellio 43046+44085 (Stagecoach colours).JPG Coach 136 1975-88
Class 43 MK3 East Midlands Trains Diagram.PNG
222 Meridian Leicester - Abellio 222104 Lincoln service.JPG DEMU 125 200 4 4 2003–05
17 5
6 7
Class 222 East Midlands Railway Diagram.png
EMR Regional
153 Super Sprinter Loughborough - Abellio 153321+153383 (Stagecoach colours).JPG DMU 75 120 17 1
  • Regional Routes
156 Super Sprinter Matlock Bath - Abellio 156406 (Stagecoach colours).JPG 16[9] 2
  • Regional Routes
Class 156 East Midlands Railway Ex-EMT Plain Blue Diagram.png
158/0 Express Sprinter Sheffield - Abellio 158770+158705 Stagecoach livery.JPG 90 145 26 2
  • Regional Routes
Class 158 East Midlands Railway Plain Diagram.png

Future fleet

Thirty-three five-carriage Class 804 bi-mode trains will be introduced by 2022.[10][11]

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[12]), twelve Class 171s from Southern (which will be converted back to Class 170s) and four Class 180s from Hull Trains [13][14]

Nine eight-carriage High Speed Trains will be transferred from LNER in early 2020 to replace nine eight-carriage sets inherited from East Midlands Trains.[15] The three six-carriage HSTs are to be retained until December 2020, when they will be replaced by Class 180s.[16]

Class Image Type Top Speed Number Cars Routes Operated In Service
mph km/h
EMR Intercity
43 43312 at Leeds in LNER livery.jpg Loco 125 200 18 8 2020
Mark 3 IC125@40 - TS 42210 at York.JPG Coach 78
180 Adelante 180110 at London Kings Cross (1).jpg DMU 4 5
804 EMR AT300.jpg BMU 140 225 33[17] 2022
EMR Electrics
360/1 Romford railway station MMB 20 360102 360112.jpg EMU 110 177 21 4 2020
Class 360 East Midlands Railway Electrics livery updated.png
EMR Regional
156 Super Sprinter Ipswich - Greater Anglia 156422 arriving from Lowestoft.jpg DMU 75 121 9 2
  • Regional Routes
Class 156 East Midlands Railway 2-Car Diagram.png
170/4, 170/5 & 170/6
Hereford - WMT 170510 on the way to Birmingham New Street.JPG 100 161 17 2
  • Regional Routes
Class 170 East Midlands Railway 2-Car Diagram.png
Falkirk High - Abellio 170454 arriving from Glasgow.JPG 11 3
  • Regional Routes
Class 170 East Midlands Railway 3-Car Diagram.png
171 Turbostar Class 171 Hastings 13745676313.jpg 8 2
  • Regional Routes

To be converted back to Class 170s

4 4
Class 170 East Midlands Railway 2-Car Diagram.png


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:

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.


  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. ^ How Midland Mainline trains will soon look LeicestershireLive; 21 June 2019
  6. ^ a b East Midlands Rail Franchise Department for Transport
  7. ^ East Midlands rail franchise consultation Department for Transport
  8. ^ Brown, Doc. "08 Train". DocBrown. Phil Brown. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ 156503 on loan from Abellio ScotRail
  10. ^ "Abellio invests £400 million in new Hitachi trains for East Midlands Railway". 30 July 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  11. ^ Abellio orders East Midlands inter-city fleet Railway Gazette International 30 July 2019
  12. ^ https://www.railmagazine.com/news/fleet/progress-on-new-train-fleets-continues
  13. ^ Hitachi rumoured to have won EMR bi-mode deal Rail issue 884 31 July 2019 page 28
  14. ^ East Midlands Railway unveils new look Today's Railways UK issue 212 August 2019 page 13
  15. ^ "Cascaded LNER HSTs to plug the gap in East Midlands fleet". www.railmagazine.com. Retrieved .
  16. ^ EMR Bi-Mode Specification Confirmed Modern Railways issue 856 January 2020 page 19
  17. ^ Pritchard, Robert, ed. (September 2019). "Hitachi Scoops Order for East Midlands". Today's Railways. No. 213. Sheffield: Platform 5. p. 6. ISSN 1475-9713.
  18. ^ 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 .

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

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