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Discussions on Norwich-Liverpool route split continue

Uncertainty continues over plans to split the Norwich-Liverpool Lime Street service at Nottingham.

When Abellio was confirmed as the new East Midlands franchise operator in April, Government announced that the route would be split at Nottingham, with trains from East Anglia to run to Derby from 2021.

East Midlands Railway Managing Director Julian Edwards told RAIL that the plans were still being finalised. He explained that there are three options, with the favoured plan thought to be transferring Nottingham-Liverpool to TransPennine Express. This would use Class 68/Mk 5A sets, with TPE retaining the 22 Class 185s it is due to send back to Eversholt Rail from the end of the year.

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 23/08/2019 00:17

    Why not allow Crosscountry take over the Norwich-Liverpool service via Nottingham and to use a mixture of Class 158 and Class 170 diesel units.

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    • David Barrett - 23/08/2019 05:38

      On the other Hand, transfer the Stanstead-Birmingham from XC to EMR and the Nottingham-Birmingham service likewise.

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  • David Barrett - 23/08/2019 05:35

    Why not just transfer the 185s to EMT and have done with it, along with the Cleethorpes-Manchester Airport Route and the Hope Valley Stoppers? This would more closely achieve what the DfT call "Route Focus", rationalise Train Crew Provision across a wide area and make a base for EMT in the North West a realistic proposition.

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  • David Barrett - 23/08/2019 05:35

    Why not just transfer the 185s to EMT and have done with it, along with the Cleethorpes-Manchester Airport Route and the Hope Valley Stoppers? This would more closely achieve what the DfT call "Route Focus", rationalise Train Crew Provision across a wide area and make a base for EMT in the North West a realistic proposition.

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