To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects to issue East Midlands Trains' Direct Award; and when he expects to make a decision on the rolling stock that will be used on the Midland Main Line once electrification works are completed.
2 June 2015
We expect to announce the Direct Award in the summer. It will be for bidders for the next long-term East Midlands franchise to include proposals for the post-electrification rolling stock in their bids. The franchise competition will be run in 2016, with services to start in October 2017.