Standard Class

What to expect on-board​

Our Standard Class travel includes all the services needed for a comfortable, pleasant journey. Here’s what’s included:

  • Plug sockets for laptops and mobiles (on Meridian trains to and from London)
  • Seat reservations on services to and from London
  • Free WiFi (on all intercity services to and from London St Pancras)
  • Comfy seats, with tables or tray tables
  • Space for luggage
  • CCTV on all services
  • Friendly on-board staff
  • Space for bikes (where space allows and at the discretion of the on-board staff)
  • Toilets, including accessible facilities

For cheaper tickets and a choice of quieter trains, travel off-peak . On our longer distance routes, you could save even more if you buy in advance .

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We are currently running trials of our Standard Class catering offer on a selected number of trains each day, unfortunately, a trolley service may not be available when you travel. Our trolley service is card only payments. Most of the station outlets are now open, offering a wide selection of food and drinks so refreshments can be purchased before boarding the train.

Find out more about food and drink on board

Plugging in your device

You are welcome to use the on-board plug sockets to charge your phone or laptop if they are available on your train. Meridian trains on our London route have one plug socket available for each pair of seats.

First Class upgrades

If you’re travelling in Standard Class at the weekends you can upgrade to First Class for just £12 each way. You’ll enjoy benefits such as larger seats, refreshments (available from the buffet bar when you show your First Class ticket) and quieter carriages.

You can buy your First Class upgrade on the train. Just ask a member of our on-board staff. The £12 upgrade is subject to availability.

Find out more about travelling First Class with EMR

Total seats per day by route

Route Weekdays Saturdays Sundays
Class First Standard First Standard First Standard
London 13,123 42,231 11,479 38,166 6,710 21,847
Liverpool to Norwich 0 9,486 0 8,946 0 6,732
Local 0 35,342 0 36,833 0 17,356