** On 23 March 2020, as a result of the Coronavirus Outbreak, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps utilised Section 118 of the Railways Act 1993 to suspend all current franchise agreements with private Train Operating Companies and replace them with new Emergency Measures Agreements (EMAs), which will run for six months.
These EMAs apply to all franchises currently let by the Department for Transport, except for LNER and Northern, which are already in public ownership.
EMAs do not apply to:
• the ScotRail or the Caledonian Sleeper franchises let by the Scottish Government,
• the Transport for Wales Rail franchise let by the Welsh Government,
• the TfL Rail or London Overground contracts let by Transport for London, or
• the Merseyrail contract let by Merseytravel **
Read on for the original Franchise information…
Abellio has operated the East Midlands franchise since August 2019, taking over from the previous operator East Midlands Trains, which was owned by Stagecoach. The franchise includes a majority of domestic train services running to and from London St. Pancras and is intended to last for eight years. In 2018 Stagecoach and Virgin Trains were stripped of their contract to run the East Coast Main Line, and in December 2019 they also lost the West Coast Main Line franchise, marking an end to the Virgin Trains brand – good riddance! Abellio also operates the ScotRail and Abellio Greater Anglia franchises as well as Merseyrail in a joint venture with Serco and West Midlands in a joint venture with JR East and Mitsui.
• Do you use the East Midlands Trains service regularly?
• Do you believe it should be returned to public hands as part of a re-unified national rail network run for people not profit?
• Then, why not start a campaign building up to the franchise end?
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