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Eversheds advises UK Government on new passenger rail franchise

Eversheds advises UK Government on new passenger rail franchise

  • United Kingdom

    18-09-2015

    Law firm Eversheds has advised the Department for Transport (DfT) on a new passenger rail franchise agreement with Stagecoach Group subsidiary, East Midlands Trains (EMT), to operate the East Midlands franchise.

    Under the deal, East Midlands Trains will continue to run services between London, the East Midlands and parts of the north of England until March 2018, but will also deliver a host of improvements for passengers, backed by £13 million of investment.

    The passenger benefits include a £1 million investment to improve accessibility at stations, along with 29 new accessible help points at unstaffed stations, linked to a 24-hour customer contact centre. There will also be a freeze on all Anytime fares to London, timetable improvements, and better customer information with a new mobile app which will also allow ticket purchases.

    EMT serves 89 stations, operating inter-city services on Midland Main Line from London to Nottingham, Derby and Sheffield as well as regional and commuter services in central, northwest, and eastern England.

    The Eversheds team was led by Partner Agnes Koko, assisted by Senior Associate William Spickett.

    Agnes Koko commented:

    “We are delighted to have advised the Department for Transport on this important new franchise agreement that will facilitate major improvements for passengers.”

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