Monday, 22 April 2019

Nottingham City Transport

NCT will be running the Queens Drive Park and Ride service from 23rd June 2019 with their Navy 49 buses, Scania N280UB CBG with Alexander Dennis Enviro400 City double-decks.

Alongside a £1.6m investment in brand new bio-gas buses for the route, buses will serve more stops in the City Centre and all NCT tickets will be valid from the Park and Ride site.

The 49 will continue to serve all other stops along Queen's Drive, Electric Avenue and through to the Boots Site.

More info and to preview the new timetable:

The new buses will replace older Scania N270UD with East Lancs Omnidekka as illustrated below

As an aside, the latest route to be operated by the bio-gas buses is the Brown Line 17 (City Centre & Bulwell).

Saturday, 20 April 2019

British Airways Retro Liveries Brought Together

Further to our
previous posting about the BEA heritage livery, British Airways has brought together all four heritage liveried aircraft for the first time.

The airline is marking it's centenary this year with a series of events.

To capture the photo at London's Heathrow Airport, the four heritage aircraft were lined up alongside an A319 with the current Chatham Dockyard design.

Alex Cruz, British Airways' Chairman and CEO, said the airline has been delighted with the response to the retro designs.

"The excitement and pride that we've witnessed from customers and colleagues as these heritage liveries, which we painted to mark our centenary, have flown around the globe has been unparalleled," said Cruz.

"Social media has been fired up with images from travellers all over the world when they've spotted the aircraft and as some 50,000 people have now flown on them since they arrived back in the fleet we wanted to capture a special photo to share with them."

A potted history of BA:

* On August 25, 1919, British Airways' forerunner company, Aircraft Transport and Travel Limited (AT&T), launched the world's first daily international scheduled air service between London and Paris.

* In 1924, Britain's four main fledgling airlines, which had by then evolved into Instone, Handley Page, Daimler Airways (a successor to AT&T), and British Air Marine Navigation Company Limited, merged to form Imperial Airways Limited.

* By 1925, Imperial Airways was providing services to Paris, Brussels, Basle, Cologne and Zurich. Meanwhile, a number of smaller UK air transport companies had started flights and in 1935, they merged to form the original privately-owned British Airways Limited, which became Imperial Airways' principal UK competitor on European routes.

* Following a Government review, Imperial Airways and British Airways were nationalised in 1939 to form British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC). Continental European and domestic flights were flown by a new airline, British European Airways (BEA) from 1946. BOAC introduced services to New York in 1946, Japan in 1948, Chicago in 1954 and the west coast of the United States in 1957. BEA developed a domestic network to various points in the United Kingdom, including Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester.

* From 1946 until 1960, BOAC and BEA were the principal British operators of scheduled international passenger and cargo services - and they preserved Britain's pioneering role in the industry. The 1950s saw the world enter the passenger jet era - led by BOAC, with the Comet flying to Johannesburg in 1952, halving the previous flight time.

* Additional airlines began to pass into BEA's ownership and in 1967, the Government recommended a holding board be responsible for BOAC and BEA, with the establishment of a second force airline, resulting in British Caledonian being born in 1970.
Two years later, the businesses of BOAC and BEA were combined under the newly formed British Airways Board, with the separate airlines coming together as British Airways in 1974.

* In July 1979, the Government announced its intention to sell shares in British Airways and in February 1987 British Airways was privatised.

* In January 2011 the International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) was formed when British Airways and Iberia merged. IAG has since also become the parent company of Aer Lingus, and Vueling and in 2017, IAG launched LEVEL a new low-cost airline brand that operates from Barcelona, Paris and Vienna.

Friday, 19 April 2019

Borders Buses

The company has acquired brand new bike friendly double-deck buses in the shape of three Alexander Dennis E40D Enviro400 MMC registered SK19 ELV/W/X. These custom built vehicles were designed with cyclists in mind and will operate on the route X62 between Edinburgh and Melrose.

Onboard features include free WiFi, contactless payment, comfortable seating and tables, wireless and USB charging points and device friendly seat backs.

The company are working with our app people so cyclist/passengers are able to track the respective bike friendly bus. In the meantime, the company intend to post on social media which journeys will be bike friendly. Their intentions were to have two bikes per vehicle, however based on passenger feedback they are expanding this to four by the end of May. If successful, they may add more bike friendly buses on this route.

The leader of Scottish Borders Council Shona Haslam and local cycling enthusiasts were delighted to see the new vehicles.

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Latest London Bus contract awards

The latest awards recently announced by Transport for London as follows:

29 (Trafalgar Square & Wood Green Station) and
N29 (Trafalgar Square & Enfield Town) LBSL contracts re-awarded to Arriva London North using existing fleet 2013 Euro V hybrid double-decks (contracts start date 11th January 2020)

34 (Barnet Church & Walthamstow Central Station) LBSL contract awarded to Arriva London North using hybrid double-decks details to be confirmed. Currently operated by Metroline with double-decks from Potters Bar (PB) Garage (9th November)
52 24-hours (Willesden Garage & Victoria Station) LBSL contract re-awarded to Metroline using existing fleet 2014 Euro VI hybrid double-decks (7th December)

102 24-hours (Brent Cross/Golders Green & Edmonton Green Station) LBSL contract re-awarded to Arriva London North using hybrid double-decks details to be confirmed (9th November)

109 (Brixton Station & Croydon) and
N109 (Oxford Circus & Croydon) LBSL contracts re-awarded to Abellio London using existing fleet 2015 Euro VI hybrid double-decks (1st February)

192 (Enfield Town & Tottenham Hale Station) LBSL contract awarded to Arriva London North with new Euro VI diesel single-decks. Currently operated by Go-Ahead London General with diesel single-decks from Northumberland Park (NP) Garage (9th November)

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019

First Glasgow Launches New Enviro400's on Airport Service

First Glasgow have launched 10 new ultra-low emission vehicles for their premium Glasgow Airport Express service as part of the on-going investment plans, which provides a 24/7 fast and frequent link from the city centre to the airport.

The 10 new Enviro400 City double decker buses built by Alexander Dennis in Falkirk will double the capacity on these popular services. The new vehicles have been in operation on the 500 service from Sunday, April 14th serving one of the busiest airports in the UK.

The buses come with luxury double padded seating, free 4G WIFI, USB charging points as well as new state-of-the-art wireless charging facilities on both the tables and seatbacks, luggage racks and most important of all, ultra-low emission Euro VI diesel engines.

All 10 vehicles have also been fitted with the state-of-the-art SmartVision system, which replaces the traditional wing mirrors with a CCTV system fitted within the Driver’s cab to provide extra vision and safety. This system was originally trialled on the 75 services when the new vehicles were originally launched last October and now First Glasgow has extended the trial to all 10 of its Glasgow Airport Express service vehicles.

The 500 service runs from Glasgow City Centre to the airport in as little as 15 minutes. This is one of the Glasgow operator’s most popular services carrying over 1.9 million passengers annually and an open return ticket on this frequent service is just £13.50, available on the First Bus App, when you plan your journey in advance.

The new buses went on display to the public at a special launch event with Capital FM presenter Garry Spence entertaining the crowd at George Square in Glasgow city centre on Saturday, April 13th prior to the 10 new vehicles going into active service.

The event saw First Glasgow bring summer to the city centre early with giant deck chairs, prize giveaways and exclusive offers to celebrate their launch.

Glasgow Airport staff were in attendance to mark the launch of these new premium vehicles as part of their on-going partnership with First Glasgow, along with Visit Scotland and Alexander Dennis.

Mark Johnston, Managing Director at Glasgow Airport, said: “We are proud to welcome this latest First Bus fleet into operation and I’m really impressed with the new ADL Enviro400 City model.

“As well as vastly improving capacity, the double-deckers offer a number of fantastic customer experience enhancements. I’m sure our passengers who choose to sit in the upper deck level will also appreciate the elevated views these new models bring.

“The First 500 Service provides vital connectivity between the airport and the city centre to millions of passengers each year and First Bus is to be congratulated for the significant investment made to introduce this new fleet.”

Marie Connell, Business Development Manager at Alexander Dennis Limited, stated: “I supported the launch of the initial Enviro200 fleet on the Glasgow Airport Express route in 2015 and am delighted that we are taking our collaboration with First Glasgow on this popular route to a whole new level with these 10 new Enviro400 City.

“First Glasgow gave us a challenging brief – low emission double decks, which meet the weight restrictions demanded of LEB compliant vehicles without compromising on passenger comfort. The premium interior specification of these low emission Enviro400 City buses ensures that all passengers will enjoy a first-class passenger experience travelling to and from the airport.”

Glasgow’s largest operator has now invested over £30 million in a total of 150 new ultra-low emission vehicles for Glasgow since October 2018. This highlights First Glasgow’s continuing commitment to improving the quality of offering to its customers while at the same time playing its role in improving air quality in the city.

Andrew Jarvis, Managing Director for First Glasgow, said: “It is exciting times for everyone at First Glasgow in being able to share these vehicles with the people of Glasgow and the rest of the world via our friends at Glasgow Airport. We have a great working relationship with the airport team and with these new state-of-the-art vehicles, we are providing their customers with a first-class experience on their journeys to and from the airport.

“This investment marks the end of our second phase of new bus launches linked with the Glasgow Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) and takes us a long way toward compliance for phase 2. We are delighted to have delivered such a vast range of service improvements to our customers since October last year and these latest buses are the next level for our premium express airport service.”

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

The Flying Banana by GWR

Great Western Railway has announced ticket details for the upcoming Class 43 HST (full set) farewell tour.

The tour is to be divided up into several stages. Stage one will be Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington via Bath Spa, Chippenham, Swindon, Didcot Parkway, Reading and London Paddington.

The Second stage will be London Paddington to London Paddington via Carmarthen calling at Reading, Didcot Parkway, Oxford, Moreton-In-Marsh, Worcester Shrub Hill, Hereford, Newport South Wales, Port Talbot Parkway, CARMARTHEN, Swansea, Cardiff Central, Gloucester, Swindon, Didcot Parkway, Reading and London Paddington.

Then the final leg will be from London Paddington to Plymouth non-stop.

Provisional timings are below:


1Z22 (Leg 1)

Bristol TM dep 0524

Bath Spa dep 0537

Chippenham dep 0550

Swindon dep 0606

Didcot Parkway dep 0624

Reading dep 0640

Paddington arr 0706


1Z23 (Leg 2)

Paddington dep 0737

Didcot Parkway dep 0828

Oxford dep 0844

Charlbury dep 0906

Moreton-in-Marsh dep 0924

Worcester Shrub Hill dep 1004

Hereford dep 1053

Newport dep 1142

Cardiff Central dep 1200

Port Talbot Parkway dep 1231

Llanelli dep 1303

Carmarthen arr 1331


1Z24 (Leg 3)

Carmarthen dep 1349

Swansea arr 1428 dep 1443

Cardiff Central arr 1529 dep 1539

Gloucester dep 1637

Swindon arr 1715 dep 1718

Didcot Parkway arr 1734 dep 1736

Reading arr 1755 dep 1806

Paddington arr 1836


1Z25 (Leg 4)

Paddington dep 1857

Plymouth arr 2203

Tickets will be available for both individual legs or the entire trip. All of which will be non-refundable. There will be no part fares available for any of the stages.

Full inclusive tour STD ADULT £148 CHILD £74

Leg 1: Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington leg ONLY STD ADULT £85

Leg 2: London Paddington to London Paddington leg ONLY STD ADULT £125

Leg 3 London Paddington to Plymouth (NON STOP) leg ONLY STD ADULT £100

This is a charity charter and as such there will be NO railcard discounts and only tickets issued from this website along with supported photographic ID will be accepted on the entirety of this charter  by clicking  here

The tickets for the charter train will also be valid for journeys connecting in and out of the charter on Saturday 1st June and also travelling to Bristol Temple Meads on Friday 31st May and from Plymouth on Sunday 2nd June to ensure attendees can travel to and from the charter at no additional cost. These connecting journeys are only valid on GWR services.

Please note as of 1745 on Saturday 13th April 1st Class has sold out in its entirety.

Monday, 15 April 2019


At present four full length HSTs are still running with First Great Western Railway, but will be reduced on 29th April to just two sets.

However four sets will work the last day 18th May with last booked trains on that day:
  • 1803 Paddington to Plymouth (a)
  • 1815 Paddington to Cheltenham
  • 1822 Paddington to Hereford
  • 1830 Paddngton to Taunton (b)
a - connecting IEP provided from Plymouth to Penzance
b - retarded about 10 mins at Reading and specially extended beyond Taunton in service to Exeter.

An additional IEP will depart Paddington at 1832 and run in the normal timings of the 1830 from Reading onwards to Taunton.

It is understood that all four HSTs from Paddington should depart from Platforms 1-4 to enable photos of all four together.

Sunday, 14 April 2019

Central London bus routes shake-up

Major changes to many bus routes in Central London have now been finalised. All the following changes to take place on the 15th June 2019 unless otherwise shown.

3 (Crystal Palace & Trafalgar Square) Withdrawn between Whitehall Place and Trafalgar Square. Route N3 would remain unchanged.

4 (Archway & Waterloo) Withdrawn between Waterloo and New Change and diverted to Blackfriars via Queen Victoria Street.

9 & N9 (Aldwych & Hammersmith Daytime and onwards to Heathrow Airport Nighttime)  Re-routed back via Piccadilly Circus instead of via Pall Mall. Pall Mall left unserved.

11 (Fulham Broadway & Liverpool Street Station)  The original plan to withdraw between Fulham Broadway and Victoria is not now going ahead.

14 (24-hours) (Putney Heath & Warren Street) Withdrawn between Tottenham Court Road and Warren Street, instead re-routed at Tottenham Court Road via British Museum/Great Russell Street to Russell Square.

19 (Finsbury Park Station & Battersea Bridge) The original plan to withdraw between Battersea Bridge and Holborn is now not going ahead.

22 (Putney Common & Oxford Circus) The original plan to divert the route from Green Park to Piccadilly Circus is now not going to take place.

26 (Hackney Wick & Waterloo) Frequency increase from every 10 minutes to every 7-8 minutes (12th October 2019)

35 (24-hours) (Shoreditch & Clapham Common) Peak hours only frequency increase to every 7-8 minutes.

40 (Dulwich & Aldwych) Withdrawn between Elephant & Castle and Aldgate, instead re-routed via Blackfriars Bridge to Clerkenwell Green. Fenchurch Street left unserved.

45 (King's Cross & Clapham Park) Withdrawn between Elephant & Castle & King's Cross.

46 (St.Bartholemew's Hospital & Lancaster Gate) Extra morning journey to St Bartholomew's Hospital.

48 (Walthamstow & London Bridge Station) Route withdrawn (12th October 2019)

53 (24-hours) (Plumstead & Trafalgar Square) Withdrawn between Whitehall and County Hall. Night service renumbered N53 with no change to route or frequency. Daytime 53 reduced in frequency from every 7-8 to every 8 minutes.

55 (Oxford Circus & Leyton Green) Extended from Leyton Baker's Arms via current route 48 to Walthamstow Bus Station. (N55 unchanged) (12th October 2019)

59 (Streatham Hill & King's Cross) Withdrawn between Euston and King's Cross. Two northbound morning journeys withdrawn, however one additional southbound PM journey added.

67 (Wood Green & Aldgate) Withdrawn between Dalston Junction and Aldgate.

76 (24-hours) (Tottenham Hale & Waterloo) Re-routed via London Wall and New Change instead of via Bank

100 (Shadwell & Barbican) Route extended from Museum of London to St Paul's (12th October 2019)

134 (24-hours) (North Finchley & Tottenham Court Road Station) Withdrawn between Warren Street and Tottenham Court Road.

149 (24-hours) (Edmonton Green & London Bridge Station) Monday-Saturday daytime frequency increased from every 8-9 minutes to every 6 minutes. Additionally decreased Sunday daytime and Daily evening frequency from every 8 minutes to every 10 minutes.

171 (Catford Garage & Holborn) Withdrawn between Elephant & Castle and Holborn.

172 (Catford Garage & Clerkenwell Green) Withdrawn between Aldwych and Clerkenwell Green.

205/N205 (Paddington & Bow Daytime and onwards to Leyton Nighttime): Re-routed direct via Marylebone Road, so it would no longer serve Melcombe Place/Marylebone Station. Daytime frequency decreased from every 8 minutes to every 9 minutes.

242 (24-hours) (Homerton Hospital & Tottenham Court Road). Daytime route 242 journeys are withdrawn between Shoreditch High Street and St Paul's and instead re-routed to Aldgate via Commercial Street. Frequency reduced from every 7 to every 8 minutes. Night service renumbered N242 to run as current 242 routing between between Homerton Hospital and St Paul's with an additional extension to Tottenham Court Road. (Route 242 change on 15th June 2019, route N242 change on 18th May 2019)

271 (24-hours) (Highgate Village & Finsbury Square) The original plan to withdraw the daily night service is now not going to take place.

311. The original plan to introduce a new route between Fulham Broadway and Oxford Circus is now not going to take place

341 (24-hours) (Waterloo & Angel Road) Re-routed between Royal Courts of Justice and junction of Roseberry Avenue/Farringdon Road via Farringdon Station. New Fetter Lane left unserved.

343 (New Cross & City Hall) Extended from City Hall to Aldgate via Tower Bridge.

388 (Stratford City & Elephant & Castle). Two changes to take place, the first on the 15th June where it is withdrawn between Liverpool Street Station and Liverpool Street Station (Bishopsgate). The second change takes place on the 12th October when re-routed from Liverpool Street to London Bridge.

468 (Euston & South Croydon) Last set down stop in Elephant & Castle revised to be in Borough Road.

476 (Northumberland Park & Euston) Withdrawn between King's Cross and Euston. Frequency reduced from every 8 minutes to every 10 minutes.

RV1 (Covent Garden & Tower Gateway) Route withdrawn.

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Saturday, 13 April 2019

£15,000 for Vintage Poster

A 1932 London & North Eastern Railway poster for the Night Scotsman sleeper service between London and Scotland has sold for £15,000 at an auction in Edinburgh.

The vintage artwork, designed by artist Robert Bartlett and intended for a station platform nearly 90 years ago, shows the locomotive steaming along the tracks at night.

It was sold at Lyon & Turnbull to a UK-based rail enthusiast.

Friday, 12 April 2019

Stagecoach barred from rail franchise bids in pensions row

Stagecoach says it is "extremely concerned" after the Department for Transport (DfT) barred it from three UK rail franchise bids.

The DfT says the bids for the East Midlands, South Eastern and West Coast franchises were "non-compliant" because they did not meet pensions rules.

Martin Griffiths, chief executive of Stagecoach, has called for an "urgent meeting" with the DfT.

Stagecoach had "repeatedly ignored established rules", the DfT said.

Mr Griffiths said in a statement: "We are extremely concerned at both the DfT's decision and its timing. The department has had full knowledge of these bids for a lengthy period and we are seeking an urgent meeting to discuss our significant concerns."

Bidders for the franchises have been asked to bear full long-term funding risk on relevant sections of the Railways Pension Scheme, Stagecoach said. The Pensions Regulator has estimated the UK rail industry needs an additional £5-6bn to plug the pensions shortfall, and the company said it was being asked to take on risks it "cannot control and manage".

Mr Griffiths said: "Forcing rail companies to take these risks could lead to the failure of more rail franchises and cannot be in the best long-term interests of either customers, employees, taxpayers or the investors the railway needs for it to prosper. It was more evidence that the current franchising model is not fit for purpose" and "further damages the already fragile investor confidence in the UK rail market".

Stagecoach had bid independently for the East Midlands franchise, had intended to partner with Alstom for the South Eastern operations, and was jointly bidding for the West Coast Partnership with Virgin and SNCF. A DfT spokesman said that other bidders had met its requirements, and also announced that the East Midlands franchise had now been awarded to Abellio "after they presented a strong, compliant bid". He said: "Stagecoach is an experienced bidder and fully aware of the rules of franchise competitions. It is regrettable that they submitted non-compliant bids for all current competitions which breached established rules and, in doing so, they are responsible for their own disqualification. Stagecoach chose to propose significant changes to the commercial terms for the East Midlands, West Coast Partnership and South Eastern contracts, leading to bids which proposed a significantly different deal to the ones on offer.

While Stagecoach has played an important role in the UK railways industry, "it is entirely for Stagecoach and their bidding partners to explain why they decided to repeatedly ignore established rules by rejecting the commercial terms on offer".

Stagecoach, which also has a huge bus division, currently operates the East Midlands rail franchise between London St Pancras International and destinations including Leicester, Derby, Sheffield, Nottingham, Manchester and Liverpool.

The company has a 49% share in Virgin Rail and also runs the Sheffield Supertram.

Stagecoach's East Coast franchise was renationalised last year following poor performance and mounting losses.

As a result of the above.....................

Virgin Trains 'could disappear' after franchise bar

Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson says his train business could disappear from the UK after its partner Stagecoach was barred from three rail franchise bids. Sir Richard, whose Virgin Trains is 49% owned by Stagecoach, said he was "devastated" by the disqualification.

The Department for Transport (DfT) disallowed the bids because they did not meet pensions rules.

Virgin was bidding to renew the West Coast franchise in partnership with Stagecoach and France's SNCF.

In a blog on Virgin's corporate website, Sir Richard said Virgin Trains "could be gone from the UK in November". "We're baffled why the DfT did not tell us that we would be disqualified or even discuss the issue - they have known about this qualification in our bid on pensions for months," he wrote. "The pensions regulator has warned that more cash will be needed in the future, but no one knows how big that bill might eventually be and no responsible company could take that risk with pensions. We can't accept a risk we can't manage - this would have been reckless. This is an industry-wide issue and forcing rail companies to take these risks could lead to the failure of more rail franchises."

The deadline for bids is now closed, so any reopening of the process seems unlikely. There are thought to be two remaining bids left for the West Coast franchise.

Thursday, 11 April 2019

East Midlands Franchise

Abellio announced to run East Midlands Railway franchise from August 2019.

From the Department for Transport

Abellio has been announced as the successful bidder to run services on the East Midlands Railway from August 2019 until 2027 passengers to benefit from new trains with more peak-time seats, reduced journey times, and over £17 million of station improvements action on delivering more environmentally-friendly services, with a commitment to trials of hydrogen fuel cell trains and zero-carbon station pilots.

Abellio as the successful bidder will operate the East Midlands Railway franchise and be responsible for delivering new trains, smart ticketing and more frequent services for passengers. They will oversee the introduction of brand-new trains, entirely replacing the existing intercity fleet with more reliable and comfortable trains. Passengers will benefit from an 80% increase in the number of morning peak seats into Nottingham, Lincoln and St.Pancras. Passengers will also see faster journey times over long-distances, a new express service from Corby through Luton into London, the introduction of improved delay repay compensation and flexipass tickets to provide better value fares.

The East Midlands Railway will also be at the forefront of the government’s commitment to deliver a cleaner, greener rail network. Abellio will trial hydrogen fuel cell trains on the Midland Main Line and will run zero-carbon pilots at 6 stations along the route.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: "Improving the experience for passengers is at the heart of this new franchise. Abellio will deliver state-of-the-art new trains, upgraded ticketing systems and improvements to stations. Through zero-carbon pilot schemes, trialling hydrogen fuel cell trains and delivering more seats on modern, spacious trains, the new franchise will also play a major role in building a railway fit for the future".

Dominic Booth, Managing Director of Abellio UK, said: "Abellio is proud to have been selected as the Winning Bidder for the East Midlands franchise. We look forward to this franchise driving economic growth and delivering significant benefits for passengers. Abellio will invest £600 million in improvements to trains and stations, maximising the effect of the government’s £1.5 billion upgrade of the Midland Main Line, to make journeys easier, more reliable and comfortable for our passengers. Closer collaboration between East Midlands Railway and Network Rail will ensure that track and train are aligned to deliver vital enhancements to infrastructure and to put the interests of passengers first".

The current franchise is operated by Stagecoach as East Midland Trains.

Abellio will also oversee the introduction of:
  • more flexible and convenient smart ticketing options
  • free wifi and high quality mobile connectivity on board services
  • improved delay repay compensation for all passengers
  • a stations improvement fund of £16.8 million, including £6.9 million for accessibility improvements
  • £9.4 million of investment to deliver commercial and customer service improvements at stations
  • 916 extra car park spaces and 1,050 cycle spaces
  • ticket buying facilities in place at all stations
The government is investing nearly £48 billion over the next 5 years to modernise the railway, including more than £1.5 billion to upgrade the Midland Main Line, the biggest upgrade of the line since it was completed in 1870. Alongside this, there is a root-and-branch review of the railway underway, independently chaired by Keith Williams. This will make ambitious recommendations before the end of the year to reform the structure of the whole rail industry to prioritise passengers’ and taxpayers’ interests.

The next East Midlands Railway franchise and the ongoing competitions include significant improvements for passengers and steps to bring track and train closer together. From 2020 further reforms, advised by the Rail Review, will be rolled out across the country. These will be guided by the approaches that deliver benefits to passengers soonest. Awarding the new East Midlands franchise is part of that strategy.