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2015-09-16 DfT-002
Department for Transport


Rail franchising: East Midlands direct award

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Department for Transport

Rail franchising: East Midlands direct award

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16 September 2015
source Department for Transport
type Written statement

note Claire Perry MP

Stagecoach to continue to operate passenger train services on the East Midlands franchise.

I am pleased to inform the House that my department has reached agreement with Stagecoach to continue to operate train services on the East Midlands franchise. This new agreement means that passengers from London St Pancras International to Northamptonshire, the East Midlands, Lincolnshire, Staffordshire and South Yorkshire will continue to be served by East Midlands Trains for a period of 2 years and 5 months from 18 October 2015, with an optional extension period of 13 railway periods callable at my sole discretion.

East Midlands Trains have had a good track record of punctuality and passenger satisfaction since they began operating the franchise in 2007 and I expect this service to be the minimum provided throughout the period of this direct award.

In addition to retaining at least the same train services as today, this new agreement will see East Midlands Trains provide 22 additional trains between Newark and Nottingham, which will ensure that there is a half hourly service on Saturdays as well as week days. There are also further improvements to the Nottingham to Lincoln timetable that will provide for reduced journey times and more services on Saturdays. My department is continuing to work with East Midlands Trains to examine further improvements to the weekend timetables for many passengers.

The agreement will also see a number of significant enhancements for passengers as a result of £13 million investment in the franchise. This will provide for:

improved passenger information
more ticket machines
a new mobile app, that will provide up to the minute information as well as allowing tickets to be purchased
cleaner trains
an extended catering service
Passengers to and from London will also benefit from improved Wi-Fi up to 4G standard.

This agreement not only provides benefits for passengers today but also ensures that this franchise is in the best position for the full franchise competition in 2018. By laying the groundwork for this now and in conjunction with the significant upgrade works already delivered, such as the transport hub in Nottingham, and those planned and underway for the railway in the area, such as the track doubling between Kettering and Corby, I am confident that we will see the East Midlands franchise continue to provide excellent service for passengers at good value for the taxpayer for many years to come.

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