Our InterCity fleet is made up of 222s

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

Seven/Five/Four Coach Meridians

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 train fleet is financed by Rock Rail East Midlands and will be built by Hitachi Rail UK in County Durham. They can 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.

Intercity train

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!

Meridian Fleet Train

See the rest of our fleet


Take a look at the Class 158 and 170 fleets that operate our Regional services.

Find out more about our Regional route


Take a look at our Class 360 fleet that operates our Connect service.

Find out more about our EMR Connect route