Sunday 23 January 2022
East Midlands RailwayEast Midlands
Replacement for the East Midlands Trains franchise, due to start August 2019. Invitation to tender April 2018, and award of contract was 10 April 2019.
The shortlisted bidders were originally FirstGroup/Trenitalia (70:30), Arriva and Stagecoach. Abellio was also shortlisted in the summer of 2017.
The consortium of FirstGroup and Trenitalia announced that it was withdrawing from the contest on 23 April 2018, and the DfT also rejected the Stagecoach bid on 10 April 2019, citing ‘non-compliance’ over provisions for pension funding. The franchise was awarded to Abellio on the same day.
The eight-year contract includes a possible extension of up to two years.
18 August 2019
21 August 2027
Abellio East Midlands Ltd
Long distance and regional services. London (St Pancras)-Kettering-Corby/Leicester-Derby/Nottingham/Lincoln/Sheffield/York/Scarborough. Also regional services Liverpool/Manchester-East Midlands-Skegness/Lincoln/Norwich.
East Midlands Trains