East Midlands Trains says decisions on the acquisition of new rolling stock and service enhancements need to be taken now, to speed up and improve services.
At the launch of the new A Railway for Growth report, published on September 16, EMT Managing Director Jake Kelly said: “We are at a critical crossroads for rail services in the East Midlands, and we have a great opportunity to work together now to secure the improvements needed for this railway.
“The message we are hearing from local stakeholders is very clear. If we are to build on the big progress made in recent years, we need to take action to ensure communities and the economy in the East Midlands benefit from further improvements and we don’t lose out to other regions.
“While there are major improvement plans with HS2 and electrification that we fully support, the proposals we have put together with our stakeholders would deliver fast improvements for our customers and communities while offering value for money for the taxpayer.
“We need to be loud and proud about the improvements that we would like to see and that our customers deserve. Now is the time to ensure that new trains and extra carriages can be secured for this rail network.”
- To read more on this report, and what exactly is being called for in the East Midlands, read RAIL 810, published on September 28.