A large section of the Regional Railways network from Aberystwyth in the west to Norwich in the east formed this franchise area. The original contract was awarded on 17 February 1997 for 7 years 1 month, but this was extended twice. The first change in 2003 added two years to the franchise term, taking it to April 2006. The second extension was to 'autumn 2007' as part of franchise 'remapping' by the Department for Transport in October 2005.
2 March 1997
12 November 2007
National Express Group plc
Central Trains Ltd
Aberystwyth-Shrewsbury-Birmingham-Derby-Nottingham. Nottingham-Cardiff. Birmingham-Cambridge. Liverpool-Norwich. Birmingham-Worcester-Hereford. Local services in East and West Midlands.
Regional Railways Central TOU (British Railways Board)
was replaced by
East Midlands Trains