EMR KICKS OFF NEW ERA

TONY MILES and PHILIP SHERRATT report on Abellio’s plans for the new East Midlands franchise

New livery: wearing EMR’s new colours, No 222104 leads No 222015 at Chevin, Derbyshire with the 10.29 Sheffield to St Pancras service on 24 August 2019.
Jamie Squibbs

The East Midlands has been waiting in the franchise queue. As other deals have been let with promises of investment, a series of direct awards and extensions has hampered the potential for major improvements in the heart of the country.

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