East Midlands Trains
This second-generation contract was one of the results of franchise remapping by the Department for Transport in 2005-2006, as it replaced two former franchises, Midland Mainline and Central Trains (eastern routes).
There were no plans for new rolling stock during the life of the EMT contract, although the main fleets were refurbished. However, on 16 September 2016 EMT published a document setting out plans for new bi-modal trains to replace HSTs and the procurement of a limited number of cascaded older diesel units.
Its core route, the Midland Main Line, was being electrified but the project was ‘paused’ on 25 June 2015. Electrification was formally restarted on 30 September 2015 but the project timetable was first extended, with completion north of Kettering not due until 2023, and then cancelled on 20 July 2017 with the exception of Bedford-Kettering-Corby, where electrification is under way. The scheme is now likely to be extended from Kettering as far as Market Harborough.
The original end date for the franchise was 1 April 2015. This was first extended to 18 October 2015 and then again by direct award on 16 September 2015 to 4 March 2018, plus a possible further year. Five reporting periods (20 weeks) were added, taking the contract to July 2018.
However, the contract was extended in July 2017 to continue until 2 March 2019.
Stagecoach Group announced on 12 February 2019 that a further extension of five months had been agreed, taking the contract to ‘at least’ 18 August 2019.
A further extension had been provided for in the DfT franchising schedule, which could have continued the franchise for up to another 13 reporting periods (one year), to August 2020.
However, the DfT announced on 10 April 2019 that the contract would end in August 2019, and that the succeeding franchise had been awarded to Abellio.
11 November 2007
18 August 2019
Stagecoach Group plc
East Midlands Trains 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.
Central Trains (part)
was replaced by