Beds & Northants Commuters Promised More

12 June 2018, 08:55 | Updated: 12 June 2018, 09:15

East Midland Train Derby Station

Commuters in Wellingborough, Bedford and Luton have been told the new East Midlands Trains franchise MUST do better.

The Department for Transport says rush-hour trains between Bedford and Wellingborough will havee to be laid on again and it could also mean the return of more direct services in the morning peak from Luton.

Track work and the new Thameslink timetable in May cut the intercity services between Bedford and Wellingborough, replacing East Midlands trains with buses.

That will have to be reversed with the new franchise - but not until at least August 2019.

Three firms are shortlisted to bid for the up-coming franchise, which was previously known as Central Trains and operates trains.

The three bidders shortlisted are:

  • Abellio (which runs Greater Anglia)Arriva (which runs Cross Country)
  • Arriva Trains
  • Stagecoach (which has the current East Midlands Trains franchise)