18 Aug 2019 - 21 Aug 2027
|Main region(s)||East Midlands|
North West England
|Other region(s)||East of England|
|National Rail abbreviation||EM|
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.Abellio was added in February 2018.
FirstGroup and Trenitalia pulled out of the bidding process in April 2018 to focus on the West Coast Partnership franchise. 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.
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:
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. The Barton line was expected to transfer from Northern in 2019, but this has been delayed.
Over the course of the franchise, several planned timetable changes are to be made:
|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|
|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.
|Class||Image||Type||Top Speed||Number||Cars||Routes Operated and Notes:||Built|
|43||Loco||125||200||30||6 or 8||1976-82|
|153 Super Sprinter||DMU||75||120||17||1||
|156 Super Sprinter||16||2||
|158/0 Express Sprinter||90||145||26||2||
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), twelve Class 171s from Southern (which will be converted back to Class 170s) and four Class 180s from Hull Trains 
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. The three six-carriage HSTs are to be retained until December 2020, when they will be replaced by Class 180s.
|Class||Image||Type||Top Speed||Number||Cars||Routes Operated||In Service|
|156 Super Sprinter||DMU||75||121||9||2||
|170/4, 170/5 & 170/6
To be converted back to Class 170s
Train crew depots are located at:
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.
East Midlands Trains
| Operator of East Midlands franchise