Our InterCity fleet is made up of 222s and 180s

We operate a fast, frequent service between London and key East Midlands destinations including Leicester, Derby, Nottingham, Sheffield and East Midlands Parkway.

We run five fast trains an hour to and from London St Pancras, with a journey time to Sheffield of just over two hours.

Click here to discover some of the popular destinations on our InterCity route.

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Formed of four, five or seven coaches and sometimes coupled together to give longer trains, our Meridian (Class 222s) trains operate the majority of our long-distance services on the Midland Mainline.

Step onboard our InterCity Trains

Passengers on the services can expect:

  • Free WiFi in First & Second class
  • Food & drink trolley service
  • Seat reservations
  • Comfy seats with tables
  • Space for luggage
  • CCTV on all services

Bicycle space

As part of our commitment to sustainability, EMR is committed to making it as easy as possible for you to take your bike on our train services. The majority of our fleet has ample space for bikes. We strongly advise that you pre-book your bike space before you travel to avoid disappointment. Bike spaces must be booked before the day you travel – they can’t be reserved on the day.

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Introducing our InterCity livery

Introducing a splash of Aubergine to our InterCity (222) fleet. Take a look at the interim livery being rolled out on the Midland Mainline.

Accessibility of our trains

Compliant with PRM-TSI.

Number of units 27
On train staff to provide assistance Yes
Routes operated
  • Sheffield to London
  • Nottingham to London
  • Corby to London
Boarding ramp Yes
Wheelchair space Yes
Scooter/mobility aid acceptance Yes
Wheelchair-accessible toilet Yes
Standard toilet Yes
Aural information Yes
Visual information Yes
Priority seating Yes
WiFi Yes
Baby change facilities Yes

Coming soon - Aurora InterCity trains

The new state of the art Aurora trains, are financed by Rock Rail East Midlands and will be built by Hitachi Rail UK in County Durham. They have the ability to run using electric overhead lines wherever possible, taking advantage of the £1.5 billion Midland Main Line Upgrade and will replace the diesel train fleet.

As a result, they are quieter and greener, meaning lower carbon emissions and a better environment for passengers, stations and communities along the route. Passengers will also see major improvements, including more seats and fresh, modern interiors alongside air conditioning, free WiFi, plug sockets and better passenger information screens.

Construction is due to start later this year with the first units due to start Main Line testing in mid-2022, with the first entry into passenger service due in early 2023.

Class 180's

The Class 180's have undergone a significant amount of refurbishments to ensure they are compatible with the infrastructure on the Midland Mainline, on which the InterCity fleet operates on.

The Class 180’s, that EMR have inherited from Hull Trains, have replaced the HST’s and run alongside the Class 222’s until 2023 when EMR will introduce its new ‘Aurora’ fleet.

Class 222's

For the third consecutive year, our Meridian fleet won the gold award for the best performing First Generation New Intercity Fleet at the 2020 Golden Spanner Awards!

See the rest of our fleet


Find out about the 170s, 158s and 156s that operate our Regional route.

Find out more about our Regional route


Find out about EMR Connect, our first electric train service and the 360's that operate it.

Find out more about our EMR Connect route