East Midlands Councils through Transport to your East Midlands (TfEM)?has laid out plans to work?together with the?four bidders for the following East Midlands rail franchise .
TfEM has been working closely using the Department for Transport about the franchise competition over?the previous The couple of years to?get the best outcome for passengers, businesses and local communities across?the?East Midlands.
Key priorities include;
- A full?7-day service with better connections to Derby, Leicester, Lincoln and Nottingham, and?with cities elsewhere?like Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester
- Modernised intercity services to London? –? including ‘Nottingham in 90’ and ‘Leicester?in 60’
- Improved conditions?for passengers on trains including stations greater?ticketing and passenger information
- New trains and enhancements to existing rolling stock in order to meet growing demand, and even providing passengers with comfortable and speedy journeys.
- Extra capacity?for special attractions likely east coast summer holiday season
- More local sourcing of?products or services?with the train operating company to help firms and workers from the East Midlands.
- Clear and consistent branding inspite of the identity of the train operating company
Sir Peter Soulsby,?Chair of TfEM?said:?”Despite the regrettable cancellation of Midland Main Line electrification, the newest franchise supplies a real opportunity to transform rail services along the East Midlands.? We are an increasing and prosperous region – and that we need?rail services?similar to?the most effective elsewhere in England to fulfil our economic potential”
Cllr Roger Blaney, EMC Franchise Lead Member said?”We are keen to work alongside all four bidders to describe our ideas and discover the things they can offer.? We have been also?keen?to create a lengthier term role for TfEM within the control over the franchise once it is awarded to ensure that?it delivers for local people”