Tuesday 22 October 2019

30 July 2019

New trains for the Midland Main Line will not be built in the East Midlands

East Midlands Councils (EMC) is hugely disappointed by the news that a fleet of new inter-city bi-mode trains, to be introduced onto the Midland Main Line under the new East Midlands Railway Franchise, will not be built by Bombardier in Derby.

The decision is a massive missed opportunity to support highly skilled local jobs and a body-blow for the East Midlands rail supply chain at a time of considerable economic and political uncertainty. 

Bombardier took the time to explain its bi-mode proposition to both the Transport for the East Midlands (TfEM) Board and to the East Midlands All Party Parliamentary Group.  Council Leaders and MPs were impressed with the design capability to run at 125 mph under both electric and diesel traction, and with the flexibility to replace diesel engines with electric or battery units at a future date. 

EMC and TfEM will continue to work with East Midlands Railway and the Department for Transport to ensure that the new rail franchise, which starts in August 2019, delivers improved services for local communities and businesses.