Tuesday 04 August 2020

East Midlands Rail Franchise

TfEM's Specification for EMR's Long Term Rolling Stock Briefing Note

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East Midlands Railway

Abellio is preparing to start operating East Midlands Railway in August and has been briefing its plans to invest £600 million on brand new bi-mode intercity trains and faster, modern, refurbished trains across the East Midlands to stakeholders including East Midlands Councils, Transport for the East Midlands, Community Rail Partnerships and rail user groups.

As well as improved stations, faster journey times and 40% more capacity into cities like Nottingham, the company has also announced a new identity for the franchise. The East Midlands Railway brand identity will be introduced from 18th August and will be known as ‘EMR’. 


Consultation on East Midlands Rail Franchise

Train services are important to the East Midlands connecting people to jobs and training, for leisure and retail trips too.  East Midlands Councils is keen to see the region better served by rail than it is now, better connections to and between our main cities as well as to other regions like London, Birmingham, Manchester and Yorkshire. 

The Department for Transport undertook public consultation in the 3 months to 11th October 2017, including holding 10 consultation events across the area served by East Midlands Trains. East Midlands Councils promoted and spoke at these encouraging people to engage with the consultation and highlighting the key points people might wish to raise.

To help stakeholders respond to the consultation East Midlands Councils published a “model” consultation response on our website which encourages people to download and use as a basis for their response.  This response was also shared with contacts in other regions and much of it has been widely adopted. This Model Response has also saved stakeholders a considerable amount of time in preparing their own consultation response.

The Model response made clear that:

  • The region needs improved connectivity by train, more comfort and space for passengers on trains, improved customer service and more flexible ticketing offering better value for money.
  • EMC is also concerned that the franchise is further delayed to August 2019. This delay must not hold back investment plans in new and better trains. 
  • EMC is very concerned about the decision not to electrify the Midland Mainline north to Nottingham and Sheffield. Diesel/Electric train are a poor solution, it puts regional jobs at risk and does not tackle poor air quality in the larger cities.

EMC Consultation response for DfT’s EM Franchise consultation


As you will be aware the Government are consulting on the future specification of the East Midlands Rail Franchise. East Midlands Councils have sought to achieve a position of maximum influence, working alongside the Department for Transport.

To influence Government we need to demonstrate the strength of feeling about the current rail offer and collectively set out where we are looking for improvement.

The Consultation

East Midland Councils own consultation response was considered and approved by Transport for East Midlands and East Midlands Councils Executive Board.  Copies of the consultation response and covering letter can be found below:

EMC CONSULTATION final submitted 9th Oct 2017

EMC Consultation response covering letter 9.10.17

Growth Report for the East Midlands Rail Franchise 

Across the EMC region there is considerable potential for growth, especially around rail stations. The following document shows this potential in terms of proposed housing and job creation, investment at and around stations as well as helping people get to stations.

 East Midlands Report on Growth

East Midlands Rail Franchise Event, 21 March 2017

Slides from the EM Rail Franchise Consultation Workshop March 2017

Workshop questions and answers feedback

East Midlands Rail Franchise Competition

EMC is working in partnership with the Department for Transport on the East Midlands Rail Franchise Competition. The EMC Executive has agreed the two following documents as a basis for our engagement with the Department for Transport.

Strategic Statement approved

Social Value statement - approved

East Midlands Franchise Event - April 2016

Over 50 people from 30 different organisations across the East Midlands took part in the East Midlands Franchise event at the Newark Civil War Museum in April 2016. The event was chaired by Cllr Roger Blaney, Leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council. Delegates agreed to work with the DfT through EMC on the next East Midlands Rail Franchise Competition. The slides from the event can be accessed from below. 

East Midlands Franchsie Event Presentation - 25 April 2016

East Midlands Franchise workshop Summary Feedback FINAL

Draft Prospectus

EM Franchise - EM Rail Map