East Midlands Trains secures rail franchise extension

Electric power: Diesel trains on the Midland Mainline are to be phased out as the route is electrified.

The Department for Transport says that rail passengers in the East Midlands will benefit from better journeys, extra services, and cheaper fares – thanks to a new deal announced today (Wednesday 16 September 2015) by Rail Minister Claire Perry.

Under the deal, East Midlands Trains will continue to run services between London, the East Midlands and parts of the North of England until March 2018, and will invest £13m in passenger improvements.These include 22 extra services between Nottingham and Newark Castle on Saturdays by December 2016, and a freeze on all Anytime fares to London, with ticket prices remaining at the same level as now until 2017.

Perry said: “This is a great deal for East Midlands Trains customers, and will mean significantly better journeys for passengers travelling around the region.“

This is another example of the work we’re doing to transform the UK’s railways as part of our long-term economic plan, with more than £38 billion being spent on the network between 2014 and 2019.”East Midlands Trains is also upgrading on-board WiFi on London services to 4G, with the aim that this will be free to all passengers when the next fully-competed franchise starts from 2018.