East Midlands Trains
11 November 2007 – 4 March 2018
|Main Region(s):||East Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber, East of England|
|Other Region(s):||Greater London, North West England|
24 Class 43 HST power cars|
17 Class 153 Super Sprinter sets
15 Class 156 Super Sprinter sets
25 Class 158 Express Sprinter sets
27 Class 222 Meridian sets
|Stations called at:||87|
|Route km operated:||1,567.5|
|National Rail abbreviation:||EM|
|Parent company:||Stagecoach Group|
East Midlands Trains InterCity services
Based in Derby, the company provides train services in the East Midlands and parts of Yorkshire, chiefly in Lincolnshire, South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Northamptonshire. The franchise commenced on 11 November 2007 with the amalgamation of the Midland Mainline and eastern parts of the Central Trains franchises.
In June 2006 the Department for Transport announced its intention to restructure some rail franchises. Included was an East Midlands franchise combining the Midland Mainline franchise with the East Midlands services of the Central Trains franchise.
In June 2007 the Department for Transport awarded the East Midlands franchise to Stagecoach and services operated by Central Trains and Midland Mainline transferred to East Midlands Trains on 11 November 2007.
Originally due to end in March 2015, in March 2013 the Secretary of State for Transport announced the franchise would be extended until October 2017, subject to successful renegotiation of the franchise contract. In September 2015 it was announced that the franchise will expire on 4 March 2018. The Invitation to Tender will be released in May 2017.
East Midlands Trains initially divided its services between two sub-brands: Mainline InterCity services, and Connect urban and suburban services, which mainly came from the Central Trains franchise. However, from April 2008, the company dropped the "Mainline" and "Connect" branding in favour of "London" and "Local" services. It also has four broad routes for the areas in which it operates, except for the high-speed InterCity services, which all serve London.
On 25 November 2008, Peter Bone (MP for Wellingborough) asked if the Secretary of State for Transport supports the "In the Can" campaign, whereby sardines are sent to the Chief Executive to show dissatisfaction at perceived overcrowding. Helen Southworth (then MP for Warrington South) also raised the overcrowding issue on the same day.
Route-clearance trials have been carried out with Class 222 on routes from Nottingham to Liverpool, Lincoln and Norwich, although East Midlands Trains has no plans to use these units on Liverpool or Norwich services, except on Grand National weekend when a 7-car Class 222 is used between Liverpool and Nottingham only.
London St Pancras services
|Service Pattern||Destination||Calling At||Stock||Journey Time|
|XX:00||Corby||Luton, Bedford, Wellingborough, Kettering||MER||1h 10min|
|extension||to Melton Mowbray (one service north/south)||Oakham||MER||1h 48min|
|extension||to Derby (one service north/south)||Oakham, Melton Mowbray, East Midlands Parkway||MER||2h 45min|
|XX:15||Nottingham||Market Harborough, Leicester, East Midlands Parkway||HST||1h 40min|
|XX:26||Sheffield||Leicester, Loughborough, East Midlands Parkway, Long Eaton, Derby, Chesterfield||MER||2h 15min|
|extension||to York (weekends) / Scarborough (summer Saturdays)||Doncaster||MER||3h 39min|
|XX:29||Nottingham||Luton Airport Parkway, Bedford, Wellingborough, Kettering, Market Harborough, Leicester, Loughborough, Beeston||MER||1h 52min|
|extension||to Lincoln (one service north/south)||Lowdham (Northbound only), Newark Castle, Collingham||MER||2h 52min|
|XX:58||Sheffield||Leicester, Derby, Chesterfield||MER||2h 1min|
|extension||to Leeds (some peak services)||Wakefield Westgate||HST||3h 10min|
London Services, (formally branded at Route 1) is the InterCity route on the Midland Main Line. The above table shows the service pattern from the December 2015 timetable change.
The service pattern at the start of the franchise was of four off-peak departures from London: two fast (one to Sheffield and one to Nottingham), and two stopping (one to Derby and one to Nottingham). Sheffield peak-hour trains extended from and to Leeds, with weekend services also extending to York and Scarborough. One peak-hour Derby service was extended to Burton on Trent and one to Barnsley. EMT made no significant changes until the introduction of its December 2008 timetable.
From December 2008, EMT used the above service pattern (that shown in the box). There are five off-peak departures from London: two fast (one to Sheffield and one to Nottingham), one semi-fast (to Sheffield, extended from Derby from December 2009) and two stopping (one to Nottingham and one to Corby/Kettering). A smaller number of Sheffield peak-hour trains continue to extend from and to Leeds, with weekend services also extending to York and Scarborough. In addition a Nottingham service is extended to start from Lincoln, Monday to Saturday. There were plans initially for two return services to Skegness through from London in the summer; however, these currently run through from Derby instead of London, because of speed restrictions around Boston. The Burton on Trent and Barnsley services ceased at the beginning of the December 2008 timetable, when Corby services began. One Corby service was extended to Melton Mowbray at the outset, and a second was added to Derby from May 2010.
- From December 2009, East Midlands Trains runs two trains per hour between Sheffield and London (achieved by extending the xx.25 London-Derby service with a similar changes southbound).
- Corby benefited from the May 2010 timetable change, which provided an extra daily northbound service. The addition of the Derby service means that passengers now benefit from two daily northbound services, one to Derby and one to Melton Mowbray. Rail groups hope this will eventually lead to further northbound services from the town.
In December 2013, the Midland Main Line officially started running at 125 mph in some areas, cutting journey times.
- The Sheffield Continental: 06:49 Sheffield to St Pancras. Introduced in December 2008.
- The Master Cutler: 07:29 Sheffield to St Pancras, and 16:58 return.
- The South Yorkshireman: 07:46 Sheffield to St Pancras, and 17:58 return. Introduced in December 2008.
- The Robin Hood: 07:10 Nottingham to St Pancras, and 16:15 return. A named service inherited from Midland Mainline.
|Express/Stopping||Liverpool to Norwich/Nottingham||Manchester Oxford Road & Piccadilly, Sheffield, Nottingham, Peterborough & Ely|
|Local stopping||Nottingham to Mansfield Woodhouse/Worksop||Hucknall, Mansfield|
|Local stopping||Derby to Crewe||Uttoxeter, Stoke-on-Trent, Kidsgrove, Alsager|
|Local stopping||Nottingham to Matlock||Derby, Belper, Cromford|
|Local stopping||Newark North Gate to Cleethorpes||Lincoln Central, Grimsby Town|
|Local stopping||Peterborough to Doncaster||Sleaford, Lincoln Central|
|Local stopping||Nottingham to Skegness||Bingham, Sleaford, Boston|
|Local stopping||Leicester to Lincoln Central||Ivanhoe Line Stations (Leicester - Loughborough), East Midlands Parkway, Nottingham, Newark|
East Midlands Trains runs Regional Services across the East Midlands. The Norwich to Liverpool trains unlike other regional trains are painted white like InterCity services. The Liverpool Lime Street via Manchester (Oxford Road and Piccadilly), Sheffield, Nottingham, Peterborough and Ely to Norwich service was historically provided by the Central Citylink service. Nottinghamshire County Council has consistently campaigned for better services between the four core cities of Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield and Nottingham. Network Rail's plans for the Manchester Hub would deliver extra train paths along the Hope Valley Line, enabling more trains to run from the North West to the East Midlands. In December 2012, more carriages were provided for services between Manchester and Nottingham.
Tickets are sold in advance, super off-peak, off-peak and anytime formats, the cheapest of these being advance fares. In addition, East Midlands Trains accept the wider Stagecoach Group's smart card scheme, branded "Stagecoach Smart".
The company introduced a penalty fare scheme in late 2009, covering all mainline stations served by EMT from London to Sheffield via Corby, Leicester, Nottingham, Derby, Alfreton. It also includes small commuter stations such as Syston, Attenborough, and Duffield, which have been provided with a Pertis machine which must be used.
Stagecoach Group, EMT's parent company, introduced Megatrain fares on its London routes on 2 January 2008 operating to/from London St Pancras International to Leicester, Loughborough, Derby, Nottingham, Chesterfield and Sheffield.
East Midlands Parkway is used as an interchange station for combined multi-modal journeys under the brand name "MegabusPlus", whereby passengers are carried by road coach from the cities in the north of England to East Midlands Parkway, where passengers transfer to rail for the service to London.
Routes operated under the "MegabusPlus" brand are between London and:
The bus from Hull and Scunthorpe also had a stop at Doncaster at the launch of MegabusPlus, but due to lack of demand in Doncaster, the service no longer calls there.
As part of the 125 mph upgrade on the Midland Main Line (completed in 2013), faster trains now run from Nottingham and Sheffield to London St Pancras. The number of departures from London has also been increased from four to five an hour off-peak incorporating Corby services and extending the hours of operation with earlier arrival and later departures, to allow better connections with Eurostar at St Pancras.
The provision of Wi-Fi Internet at key stations including Leicester, Derby, and Sheffield. Installation of ticket barriers at four more stations including London St Pancras Domestic, Derby Midland, Nottingham and Sheffield.
Derby's Etches Park train maintenance depot is in the process of an extensive upgrade.
Introduction of smart card technology, similar to that used on South West Trains, at all London route stations and all those in the Leicester/Derby/Nottingham commuter triangle, and the installation of more self-service ticket machines across the network.
East Midlands Trains also manage stations at which they do not operate services. These stations are all only served by CrossCountry. They are Hinckley, Narborough, South Wigston, Willington and Burton-on-Trent.
Originally it was proposed to remove the buffet cars from High Speed Train sets as they are very heavy and used only to cook breakfast on some trains; they were to be replaced by an at-seat trolley service. The company reviewed its decision and launched an enhanced catering service for the start of the May 2008 timetable. Since September 2010 Rail Gourmet has provided all standard class catering on some regional routes, with the customer host on the Norwich to Liverpool services providing an enhanced first class service. WiFi has been available on all services from London since 5 September 2010.
Stagecoach have targeted 90.3% (PPM) on London services and 87% (PPM) on Local services. Previously the Central Trains franchise had had difficulties with timekeeping due to the high number of potential clashes with late running other services en route and use of insufficient stock, causing long dwell times at stations due to slow unloading and loading. Figures released rated Central Trains' performance at 87.8% for the PPM (Public Performance Measure) over the first quarter of the financial year 2007/8. Latest figures released by NR (Network Rail) rated performance over the last year (up to 12 October 2013) at 91.5% (MAA) and 92.0% (PPM) for the seventh period of the financial year 2013/14.
Other than the lines to Liverpool and Manchester, no East Midlands Trains routes are electrified north of Bedford and all trains are diesel-powered.
East Midlands Trains inherited Midland Mainline’s InterCity 125 (HST) and Class 222 Meridian diesel-electric high-speed trains, along with some of the Sprinter diesel units (classes 153/156/158) formerly operated by Central Trains.
The High Speed Train sets were refurbished over a sixty-week period. The refurbishment featured only a retrim of carpets, recovering of existing seats and new dado side panels, wall ends and seat-top hand grips being repainted. LED reading lights in first-class carriages were removed and the wheelchair-accessible toilets were not updated to meet the Disability Discrimination Act.
East Midlands Trains announced in March 2008 that it was to reform its Class 222 sets to prevent overcrowding. This saw the remaining 4-car Class 222 units receive an extra vehicle to become 5-car sets. This was accomplished by reducing one of the 8-car sets to a 5-car, with the remaining 8-car sets reduced to 7-cars. Extra capacity on long-distance routes is provided by running pairs of 5-car sets coupled together.
East Midlands Trains began the service from Corby on 23 February 2009. Initially, this was made up of one train per day in each direction, using the existing Meridian fleet. The full Corby service started on 27 April 2009.
The Sprinter fleet which EMT inherited at the start of the franchise was in a very poor state. Problems ranged from basic and simple to major complicated faults. The fleet was put together from various sources - around four different previous companies, with some coming directly from passenger work but some that had been lying idle surplus to requirements off lease in sidings. East Midlands Trains has claimed that it will take the lifetime of the franchise to get the trains to a standard that it is happy with. In addition to the various sources of the trains, passenger figures given to the Department for Transport prior to the franchise were incorrect, leading to a shortfall in the number of seats provided (a 26% decrease in capacity on route 2) compared with what was required.
Four additional Class 156 DMUs, leased from Angel Trains have been cascaded from Northern to enable more route 2 services to run as four-coach trains by using these cascaded Class 156s on Skegness services in lieu of Class 158s. From December 2012 when the Sprinter refurbishment programme is complete, all route 2 services between Liverpool and Nottingham will be able to operate as four-coach trains. In addition, from December 2011 the 13:52 from Liverpool will operate through to Norwich.
|Class||Image||Type||Top speed||Number||Cars per set||Routes operated||Built|
|Class 43 High Speed Train||Diesel locomotive||125||200||24||Variable||InterCity Midland Main Line
Nottingham - Skegness (Summer Saturdays only)
|Mark 3 Coach||Passenger Coach||125||200||108||InterCity Midland Main Line
Nottingham - Skegness (Summer Saturdays only)
|Class 153 Super Sprinter||DMU||75||120||17||1||Regional Routes||1987–8|
|Class 156 Super Sprinter||75||120||15||2||Regional Routes||1987–9|
|Class 158 Express Sprinter||90||145||25 + 1||2||Regional Routes (Extra unit on long-term hire from South West Trains)||1989–92|
|Class 222 Meridian||DEMU||125||200||4||4||InterCity||2003–5|
Use of HSTs by UK Railtours
In 2011, charter operator UK Railtours began running charity excursions to various destinations using East Midlands Trains' HST fleet under the name of '125 specials'. Use of HSTs on excursions is nothing new as the trains have featured on such trips back in the 1980s and 1990s. The first trips were to the Mid-Norfolk Railway in May 2011 (the Mid-Norfolk Marauder) and to Skegness in September 2011 (the Jolly Fisherman). The fares paid for these 125 Specials (and the later 159 ones) go towards 'the Railway Children Charity'. Additionally the fares are significantly lower compared to UK Railtours' normal excursions (using loco-hauled trains) since it is run in co-operation with East Midlands Trains (who covers the leasing cost anyway), by contrast with the normal excursions the locomotive and carriages need to be hired from a rolling stock owner thus increasing costs. Additionally station dwell times are reduced since the HSTs have central locking controlled by the guard whereas on conventional loco hauled trains (using Mark 1 and early Mark 2 coaches) the doors have to be locked individually which can be time consuming. The 125 Specials were a huge success with UK Railtours running further trips including to the York Railfest in 2012 and to the Mallard 75 event in 2013. The success of these, the reduced costs compared to hiring locomotives and coaches and the good partnership with Stagecoach lead to UK Railtours to start running their '159 Specials' with South West Trains Class 159 DMUs. UK Railtours will be running further 125 Specials in the future.
Barrow upon Soar
On 1 February 2008, an East Midlands Trains Class 158 158856 from Nottingham to Norwich was involved in an incident at Barrow upon Soar. The train hit a footbridge in its path, after a road vehicle had struck and damaged the bridge causing it to be foul of the line. Six passengers were on board the service and the driver had to be cut free from the driving cab.
Market Harborough incident
On 20 February 2010 an express from London St Pancras to Sheffield being operated by 222005 was derailed north of Market Harborough, causing track damage and major disruption to rail services for three days. East Midlands Trains put an emergency timetable into place, running services via Melton Mowbray on 21, 22 and 23 February. A complete safety check found no problems in the rest of the fleet.
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 and Customer Hosts
- 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 - Local route Drivers and Senior Conductors
- Norwich - Local route Drivers and Senior Conductors
Trains are maintained at:
- London, Cricklewood (fueling and cleaning of HST & 222)
- Derby, Etches Park (heavy maintenance of 222, 153, 156 & 158, light maintenance of HST)
- Nottingham, Eastcroft (light maintenance of 153, 156 & 158)
- Boston (cleaning of 153, 156 & 158)
- Crewe, Crewe Works (light maintenance of 153, 156 & 158)
- Leeds, Neville Hill (heavy maintenance of HST)
- Norwich, Crown Point (light maintenance of 158)
Shunter drivers are employed by EMT at Derby, Nottingham and Leeds.
On-train catering for standard-class passengers on routes 1 and 2 is, as of September 2010, contracted out to Rail Gourmet, which has depots at Derby, Nottingham and Sheffield.
Although all stations are owned by Network Rail, their day-to-day management is handled by Train Operating Companies. EMT manage the following stations: Wellingborough, Kettering, Corby, Market Harborough, Leicester, Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Stamford, Narborough, Hinckley, Loughborough, East Midlands Parkway, Long Eaton, Derby, 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
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