East Midlands Railway

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East Midlands Railway
East Midlands Railway Class 222 (222104) arriving at Nottingham in its new livery.png
Class 222 at Nottingham in August 2019 with new '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 abbreviation EM
Parent company Abellio
Website www.eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
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 will transfer from Northern in the future.[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
  • Nottingham to Norwich 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 to Sheffield 1 Leicester, Derby, Chesterfield 222
1 Leicester, Loughborough, East Midlands Parkway, Long Eaton, Derby, Chesterfield 222
London St Pancras to Nottingham 1 Market Harborough, Leicester, East Midlands Parkway HST
1 Luton Airport Parkway, Bedford, Wellingborough, Kettering, Market Harborough, Leicester, Loughborough, Beeston 222
London St Pancras to Corby 1 Luton, Bedford, Wellingborough, Kettering 222
EMR Regional
Route tph Calling at Stock
Liverpool Lime Street to Norwich (regional express) 1 Liverpool South Parkway, Widnes, Warrington Central, Manchester Oxford Road, Manchester Piccadilly, Stockport, Sheffield, Chesterfield, Alfreton, Nottingham, Grantham, Peterborough, Ely, Thetford 158/222
Crewe to Derby 1 Alsager, Kidsgrove, Longport, Stoke-on-Trent, Longton, Blythe Bridge, Uttoxeter, Tutbury and Hatton, Peartree (limited) 153
Matlock to 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 to Lincoln Central 1 Syston, Sileby, Barrow-upon-Soar, Loughborough, East Midlands Parkway, Beeston, Nottingham, Newark Castle, Collingham, Swinderby (1tp2h), Hykeham 153
Worksop to 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) 156
Mansfield Woodhouse to Nottingham 1 Mansfield, Sutton Parkway, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Newstead (Nottingham-bound only), Hucknall, Bulwell (Mansfield-bound only) 153/156/158
Nottingham to 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) 153/156/158
Newark North Gate to Grimsby Town 0.5 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 to Peterborough 1 Metheringham, Ruskington, Sleaford, Spalding 153/156/158
Doncaster to 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 Built
mph km/h
Shunting locomotive
08[citation needed] Shunter 15 24 4 N/A Stock movements 1952–62
EMR Intercity
43 IC125@40 - 43045 and 43465 at Kings Cross.JPG Loco 125 200 30 6 or 8 1976–82
Mark 3 Mk3 TGS 42133.jpg Coach 136 1975–88
222/0 & 222/1 Meridian East Midlands Railway Class 222 (222104) arriving at Nottingham in its new livery.png
Sheffield - Abellio 222006 Stagecoach livery.JPG
DEMU 4 4 2003–05
17 5
6 7
EMR Regional
153 Super Sprinter DMU 75 120 21 1
  • Regional Routes
156 Super Sprinter 156406 Danesmoor (3800884398).jpg 15 2 1987–89
158 Express Sprinter Sheffield - Abellio 158770+158705 Stagecoach livery.JPG 90 145 26 1989–92

Future fleet

Thirty-three five-carriage Hitachi AT300 bi-mode trains will be introduced by 2022.[8][9]

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[10]), four Class 171s from Southern (which will be converted back to Class 170), and four Class 180s from Hull Trains. [11][12]

Class Image Type Top Speed Number Cars Routes Operated In Service
mph km/h
EMR Intercity
180 Adelante 180110 at London Kings Cross (1).jpg DMU 125 200 4 5 2020
TBC EMR AT300.jpg BMU 140 225 33[13] 5 2020–22
EMR Electrics
360/1 Desiro Romford railway station MMB 20 360102 360112.jpg EMU 100 161 21 4 2020
EMR Electrics livery prediction.png
EMR Regional
156 Super Sprinter Ipswich - Greater Anglia 156422 arriving from Lowestoft.jpg DMU 75 121 9 2
  • Regional Routes
170/4, 170/5 & 170/6 Turbostar Hereford - WMT 170510 on the way to Birmingham New Street.JPG 100 161 17 2 2020–21
Falkirk High - Abellio 170454 arriving from Glasgow.JPG 11 3
171 Turbostar Class 171 Hastings 13745676313.jpg 2 2
  • Regional Routes

To be converted back to Class 170.

2 4


  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. ^ "Abellio invests £400 million in new Hitachi trains for East Midlands Railway". 30 July 2019. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  9. ^ Abellio orders East Midlands inter-city fleet Railway Gazette International 30 July 2019
  10. ^ https://www.railmagazine.com/news/fleet/progress-on-new-train-fleets-continues
  11. ^ Hitachi rumoured to have won EMR bi-mode deal Rail issue 884 31 July 2019 page 28
  12. ^ East Midlands Railway unveils new look Today's Railways UK issue 212 August 2019 page 13
  13. ^ Pritchard, Robert, ed. (September 2019). "Hitachi Scoops Order for East Midlands". Today's Railways. No. 213. Sheffield: Platform 5. p. 6. ISSN 1475-9713.
  14. ^ 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 2019-09-04.

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