The government has announced changes to the East Midlands Railway, which will be positioned at the forefront of the commitment to a cleaner, greener rail network.
Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, said the railway, which will benefit from new trains, more peak time seats, reduced journey times, and in excess of £17 million worth of station improvements, will be key in trialling hydrogen fuel cell trains, “building a railway fit for the future.”
This announcement was made at the same time it was confirmed Abello is the successful bidder to run services on the East Midlands Railway franchise, and will deliver new trains, smart ticketing and more frequent services.
Running from August 2019 to 2027, the franchise agreement on the East Midlands Railway means Abellio will oversee introduction of new trains, replacing the intercity fleet with trains that are much more reliable and comfortable.
In addition, passengers will benefit from a rise in the number of morning peak seats into Nottingham, Lincoln and St Pancras stations.
A new express service will run from Corby through Luton and into London, while new flexipass tickets will result in fares of better value.
The railway will be at the forefront of commitments to make the rail network greener and cleaner, with the news that Abellio will trial hydrogen fuel cell trains on the Midland Main Line.
In addition, the organisation will run six zero carbon pilots at six stations across the route.
And the Transport Secretary 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 play a major role in building a railway fit for the future.”