Introducing EMR Connect - our first electric train service
EMR Connect provides a frequent and convenient service between Corby and London St Pancras International.
Services run in both directions every 30 minutes, calling at Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough, Bedford, Luton, Luton Airport Parkway and London.
EMR Connect is operated by Class 360 electric trains. As they replace diesel-powered trains on this route, they are reducing carbon emissions by 77% and are quieter for those who live and work near the railway. The Class 360 fleet is comprised of 21 four carriage trains which can be joined together and run as 4, 8 or 12 carriage trains.
The introduction of EMR Connect allows EMR to introduce an additional train every hour to and from London, providing thousands of additional seats and providing quicker journeys on longer distance EMR Intercity services. The introduction of the electric services has been made possible by the £1.5 billion Midland Main Line Upgrade, delivered by Network Rail. This involves the installation of a new track between Kettering and Corby and the installation of overhead electric lines between Bedford and Corby. Read more about EMR Connect.
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Step onboard our Connect Trains
Passengers on the service can expect:
- Free WiFi
- More seats for passengers
- Enhanced CCTV
Introducing our new 360 trains on their test runs
Watch as we reach another milestone in bringing our new all electric trains to our network with a staff test run between Luton Airport and Flitwick.
Accessibility of our trains
Compliant with PRM-TSI.
|Number of units||21|
|On train staff to provide assistance||Yes|
Corby to London St Pancras
|Scooter/mobility aid acceptance||Yes|
|Baby change facilities||Yes|
The trains which will operate our Connect service are known as Class 360’s. These trains are a vital part of our plan to run services with a smaller carbon footprint. As a result, they are quieter and kinder to the environment.
We had hoped to refurbish a number of these trains before they entered service. However, as a result of delays caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, that has unfortunately not been possible. We are fully committed to refurbish these trains as swiftly as possible and will share more information on this programme soon.
See the rest of our fleet
Find out about the 222s and 180’s that operate our Intercity route.
Find out about the 170s, 158s and 156s that operate our Regional route.