The East Midlands Trains franchise was founded in November 2007 as the result of a merger between the former Midland Mainline and eastern parts of the Central Trains franchises.
The company operates two types of services; long distance services to and from London St Pancras and regional services. Its regional services link towns and cities in the East Midlands, as well as Central and Northern England – connecting London with cities such as Sheffield, York, Derby, Corby, Nottingham and Leeds.
With five fast trains to and from London St Pancras every hour, trains to and from London are both fast and frequent. Sheffield to London services take little more than two hours. All London services are refurbished and have First Class carriages, where travellers receive complimentary refreshments and dining during the week. WiFi is free for First Class passengers and is also available from £4 in Standard Class.
There are 4 main types of fares available; Advance, Super Off-Peak, Off-Peak and Anytime tickets. There is a full range of business tickets available to passengers, from cheap train tickets up to Season tickets with breakfast and parking included. Season tickets can be bought for weekly use, on a monthly or on an annual basis. Frequent travellers have the option to purchase Carnet tickets (sold as booklets of five or ten Anytime tickets) to get a discount on business tickets.
Plastic Smartcards can be used as a convenient alternative to paper tickets, electronically storing various ticket types and allowing travellers to simply ‘touch in’ and ‘touch out’ at ticket gates.