Deadline 2020: but still no decision on East Midlands HST fleet

With just three months to go until the Persons of Reduced Mobility deadline of December 31 2019 comes into force, there is still no decision on the future of the East Midlands Railway High Speed Train fleet.

As it currently stands, nine rakes of eight-coach HSTs owned by Porterbrook and three six-coach HSTs owned by Angel Trains must be removed from traffic by the deadline, as they do not meet accessibility requirements.

When Abellio won the East Midlands franchise in April, the Government suggested that ‘high-quality’ HSTs could be transferred from LNER, where they are due to be replaced by new Hitachi Azumas by the end of the year. While these LNER sets are not completely accessible, they do have passenger information screens (which the EMR sets do not).

An EMR spokesman told RAIL on September 9: “We have not agreed the HST situation. It’s out of our hands, sadly, and the deadline is fast approaching.”

A DfT spokesman told RAIL: “The new operator has, as part of its bid, included the use of Class 180s from the May 2020 timetable change. The base plan has a fully compliant fleet from December 2020."

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  • VT Fan 3 - 24/09/2019 09:37

    These HSTs could be cascaded to Chiltern Mainline for use on the London to Birmingham and London to Bicester Village / Oxford (non stop) routes.

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 25/09/2019 03:33

    Perhaps Crosscountry could use some of the left over HST's to boost their long distance services such as Penzance/Plymouth-Manchester Piccadilly, Newcastle Central, York and Leeds. And some could be cascaded as extra HST units to ScotRail.

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  • Silent Observer - 25/09/2019 15:06

    We need to get bi mode IEP's in service ASAP. Then Electrification can be undertaken on a piece by piece install until the whole line is electrified, then the units can be used to their full potential. The MML is turning into the "Cinderella Railway"

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