New East Midlands Trains franchise agreement confirmed

Stagecoach is to continue running East Midlands Trains for at least another five months, following a new agreement with the Department for Transport (DfT).

The current East Midlands Trains franchise is due to end on 2 March 2019. To bridge the gap and ensure a smooth transition to the new franchise, which is currently expected to start in August 2019, a new short term franchise agreement is required.

Stagecoach has confirmed that it has now agreed a new contract with the DfT. It will commence on 3 March 2019 and run until at least 18 August 2019.

Stagecoach has operated the East Midlands Trains franchise for over 11 years.

Martin Griffiths, Chief Executive of Stagecoach Group, said: “We are pleased to have been given the opportunity by the DfT to extend our successful tenure of the East Midlands Trains franchise until at least August.

“We are very proud of the improvements we have delivered for our customers and our people over the past 11 years, and we look forward to continuing this successful track record.”