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  • East Midlands franchise taken over by Abellio

    East Midlands franchise taken over by Abellio

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    AUGUST 18 saw the take over of the East Midland franchise by Abellio, with the brand name East Midlands Railway replacing East Midlands Trains (EMT), the Stagecoach brand.  EMT had run services since November 2007 Abellio formally launched the franchise and new brand in Derby the following day, unveiling reliveried ‘Meridian’ set No. 222104 in a…

  • First and Trenitalia to run West Coast Main Line

    First and Trenitalia to run West Coast Main Line

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    By Tony Miles OPERATION of the West Coast Partnership (WCP) will be in the hands of First Group and Trenitalia from December 8, under what will be the first of a new franchise partnership model.  With a 70/30 partnership in favour of First, the pair will end Virgin Trains’ domination of the flagship route, which…

  • Abellio outlines its plans for East Midlands franchise

    Abellio outlines its plans for East Midlands franchise

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    Train operator Abellio has begun outlining its plans in a series of briefings to stakeholders ahead of when it takes over the East Midlands franchise from August 18. Abellio will brand the franchise East Midland Railway (EMR), introduce a new deep purple livery for its trains, and have three distinct strands – EMR Intercity, EMR…

  • Fleet Focus: Britain’s new trains

    Fleet Focus: Britain’s new trains

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    Exciting times are ahead as the first trains of two new fleets entered service during April and May.

  • Virgin Trains launch legal action against government over West Coast route

    Virgin Trains launch legal action against government over West Coast route

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    Virgin, Stagecoach and SNCF say that the Department for Transport breached its duties in barring them from tendering.

  • Abellio awarded East Midlands franchise – after DfT disqualifies Stagecoach

    Abellio awarded East Midlands franchise – after DfT disqualifies Stagecoach

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    A decision by the Department for Transport (DfT) to award the East Midlands rail franchise to Abellio in the face of the disqualification of incumbent Stagecoach could have far reaching effects on rail franchising. The decision could lead to the Virgin Trains name disappearing, company founder Sir Richard Branson has admitted. .@VirginTrains can’t accept a…

  • EMT gives ex-Grand Central HSTs fresh interiors

    EMT gives ex-Grand Central HSTs fresh interiors

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    FRESH new interiors are being given to the three former Grand Central (GC) HSTs, now part of the East Midlands Trains (EMT) fleet. The sets – with two power cars and six trailers, rather than the usual eight – were taken on by EMT to provide additional capacity as a result of enforced diagram changes…

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