East Midlands Railway reinstates complete Midland Main Line service

Wednesday, 26 August 2020
  • Full service to and from London St Pancras International resumes from Monday, September 7
  • Part of a wider increase to EMR’s timetables which will see 97% of the pre-Covid timetable introduced
  • Introduced to coincide with the reopening of schools and more businesses to provide additional capacity and services

East Midlands Railway (EMR) will reintroduce its complete EMR Intercity service from Monday, September 7.

This increase is part of a timetable enhancement across the wider EMR network which will provide 97% of the ‘normal’ or pre-Covid timetable.

The updated EMR Intercity timetable includes the full reintroduction of services between Corby and London, providing an additional 33 trains per day between the East Midlands and the capital.

Alongside this significant increase in train services, EMR will also reintroduce a limited at-seat catering service for First Class customers on weekdays. This will include a breakfast offering until 11am and then an all-day service through until the last train of the day. The catering offer will be fully complementary and has been redesigned to strictly limit contact between customers and our staff.

There will be some minor changes to the calling patterns of one morning and one evening peak service. This is to continue the high levels of punctuality provided to customers in recent months.

Full details and timetables are available on the EMR website and in stations.

To help customers plan ahead, EMR provides a Seat Finder Tool with the latest data so passengers can check how busy their journey is likely to be. The tool can be found on its website.

Customers must continue to wear a face covering, unless they are exempt. Anyone who refuses to wear one is liable to be fined £100. In addition, EMR will continue the enhanced cleaning regime introduced in March and will also continue to provide hot water and soap on board all trains as well as providing sanitiser at its 15 busiest stations.

Chris Wright, Commercial Director at East Midlands Railway, said: “As schools and businesses reopen across the country we are doing everything we can to provide as much capacity as possible.

“The reintroduction of our full timetable to and from London St Pancras International, includes an additional 33 trains per day. It is the result of a lot of hard work behind the scenes and we hope it will help social distancing as well as providing safe and convenient journeys for the cities, towns and communities we serve.

“There are some minor changes to our timetable to allow these extra trains to be introduced so I would urge our customers to check their journey before they set off as well as being mindful of other customers and our staff while they are travelling with us.”