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2006-06-08 DfT-002
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Extra rail services for the East Midlands proposed

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Department for Transport

Extra rail services for the East Midlands proposed

8 Jun 2006 00:00
source Department for Transport
type Press release

The Department for Transport today launched a consultation on the specification for the new East Midlands rail franchise.

The new franchise will combine the existing Midland Mainline franchise and the East Midlands regional services currently provided by Central Trains.

The consultation seeks views on proposals for the minimum level of service that a future operator must deliver. The new franchise will start operating on 11th November 2007 and will put in place up to 5% more trains than today.

The consultation proposes further improvements including services for the new East Midlands Parkway station, which is anticipated to open in December 2008. Extra capacity to meet anticipated growth in passenger demand including a new outer suburban service between Kettering and London is also included.

Bidders will also be required to price serving a proposed new station at Corby as an incremental option to provide the town with an hourly direct service to London. The total journey time is likely to be around an hour and a quarter.

A new through service between Nottingham to Leeds, to be operated by either Northern Rail or the East Midlands franchise is also planned.

The specification will require the future operator to build on recent performance improvements and ensure more stations achieve Secure Station Status.

Rail Minister Derek Twigg said:

"This is an important franchise and it is entirely right that we consult on the services it provides.

"If these proposals go ahead passengers will further benefit for the recent performance improvements on the Midland Main Line.

"More people are choosing to travel by train in the East Midlands. We want to provide extra and faster services where they are needed, build on recent performance improvements and create a safer station environment."

Responses are invited by 07 August 2006. They will inform the Invitation to Tender, which will be given to pre-qualified bidders in Autumn 2006. The closing dates for receipt of bids is February 2007 and the winner announced in Summer 2007.

Notes to Editors:

1. The consultation proposals are available on the DfT website and include:

* Services calling at East Midlands Parkway station (when built), with at least 2 trains per hour to London
* A new outer suburban service between Kettering and London * Extra calls at Grantham on Nottingham to Skegness services * Continued improvements in operational performance with new targets included the new contract
* Improved station safety with the busiest stations awarded Secure Stations scheme status
* Continued support for Community Rail projects
* Market Harborough will receive faster peak time services to London, cutting journey time by around 10 - 25 minutes. However, off-peak services will be reduced for operational reasons.

2. Consultations are also being launched for the new West Midlands and New Cross Country franchises. Documents are available on the DfT website at Responses are invited from 08 June to 07 August 2006.

3. It was announced on 18 October 2005 that three new franchises would replace the four existing franchises of Central Trains, Silverlink, Cross Country and Midland Mainline.

4. Expressions of Interest have been invited for the three franchises. Details, including advertisements, Prior Information Notices and guidance on railway franchising procurement processes can also be found on the DfT website -

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