East Midlands Rail Franchise

Department for Transport written question – answered on 24th June 2019.

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Photo of Andy McDonald Andy McDonald Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to announce the services between Nottingham and Liverpool provided by the East Midlands Railway franchise.

Photo of Andrew Jones Andrew Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Information on service improvements in the next East Midlands franchise was detailed in the franchise announcement on 10 April 2019.

This can be found on the Department’s website at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/more-seats-services-and-state-of-the-art-trains-for-passengers-on-new-east-midlands-railway. Further details will be available from the operator when the new franchise starts in August 2019.

As announced in the East Midlands Stakeholder Briefing Document on 7 June 2018, in response to the public consultation, the Department intends to transfer the Liverpool-Nottingham section of the Liverpool–Norwich service out of the East Midlands franchise from December 2021. This change will bring a number of passenger benefits, including more capacity on the Liverpool–Nottingham section where there is overcrowding at times today, faster journey times, a more reliable service and enabling each half of the service to better meet their individual needs and those of routes they interact with. The transfer is subject to detailed assessment of how it will be carried out and a decision as to the best long-term operator for Liverpool – Nottingham services, which will be made in conjunction with Transport for the North. Further details will be made available in due course.

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