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Major investment and new brand identity for East Midlands Railway

It's going to be introduced from August this year.

Abellio is preparing to start operating East Midlands Railway in August and has been briefing its plans to invest £600 million on brand new bi-mode intercity trains and faster, modern, refurbished trains across the East Midlands to stakeholders including East Midlands Councils, Transport for the East Midlands, Community Rail Partnerships and rail user groups.

As well as improved stations, faster journey times and 40% more capacity into cities like Nottingham, the company has also announced a new identity for the franchise.

The East Midlands Railway brand identity will be introduced from 18th August and will be known as ‘EMR’.  It will have distinct purple and white branding colours that will be applied gradually onto trains, stations, websites and posters. (See Notes to Editors below)

Stewart Fox-Mills, Abellio’s Commercial Director, said: “We are investing £600 million on improving the railway across the East Midlands and this will include a striking new and durable brand for our new East Midlands Railway.  It is the first demonstration of our commitment to deliver a long-term step change in the quality of rail service in the East Midlands.”

The EMR brand has white lettering with a ‘lavender’ shadow as its primary logo colours.  The colour scheme is contemporary but pays respect to the strong and proud railway heritage of the East Midlands.  Each train carriage will have distinct markings to reflect three distinct market segments:

▪ ‘EMR Intercity’ – services on the Midland Main Line from cities like Sheffield, Nottingham and Derby to London via Leicester and Kettering.

▪ ‘EMR Regional’ – serving longer distance East-West routes such as Nottingham to Lincoln, Crewe to Derby and Norwich to Liverpool. 

▪ ‘EMR Electrics’ – electric train services that will run twice hourly between London St Pancras and Luton Airport Parkway and Corby.

The introduction of the EMR identity will be gradual. The first item to change overnight on Sunday 18th August will be the introduction of a new EMR website.  Trains will be rebranded in stages from 2020 through to December 2022.  In the meantime, trains will receive an ‘interim’ branding with ‘EMR’ inscribed on the sides of many carriages. Stations will be given an EMR design ‘makeover’ together with station signage, leaflets and posters.

The new East Midlands Railway name has been designated as a long term and enduring brand for this and successive East Midlands railway franchises.

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