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Rail Franchises

A brief summary of the Franchises in the country.  The three serving Dore and Totley(D&T) station are:-

  • Northern Rail
  • East Midlands
  • TransPennine Express

All three companies provide rail services i.e. the trains and the staff operating the trains.  They are also responsible for maintaining a number of stations.  The operator with the most services stopping at a station is normally responsible for that station, so Northern are responsible for D&T station.  Several of the largest stations in the country are managed by Network Rail.
This page provides more information on the improvements which have been promised as part of the new Franchise agreements.


Northern Rail

Northern_200Northern operates the most railway stations of any train operating company in the United Kingdom, this includes D&T station.  It provides a number of services in the North of England, including the most regular service between Sheffield and Manchester Piccadilly which call at D&T.  The service uses the Hope Valley line and then most of the services use the line into Manchester via New Mills and Marple.  Most of the trains stop at the stations in the Hope Valley and some of the stations in Greater Manchester. The current timetable runs from the 21st May until the 9th Dec 2017, a copy is available at Hope Valley timetable.
The franchise was recently changed from Northern Rail owned by Serco-Abellio. to Northern whose parent company is Arriva UK Trains.  The current franchise runs from the 1st April 2016 to 31st March 2025. This franchise has 337 trains, and maintains 475 stations all in the North of England including Dore and Totley.  Main changes for the new Franchise are:-

  • over 1billion investment
  • Pacer Trains (these are the ones used on the service between Sheffield and Manchester) are to be replaced by Oct 2019
  • New Trains are to be purchased and the rest of the fleet is to be refurbished
  • 80 million refurbishment 2016-2018 to bring existing carriages to as new condition
  • Improved Seating, Tables, Toilets, Information Screens, Free OnBoard Wifi and at seat power sockets by the end of 2019
  • New timetable in December 2017
  • Improve Capacity and Quality
  • Increased Services
  • Partnership with Carillion to transform how station facilities are cleaned and maintained
  • Various new ticketing, fares and facilities

You can download the Northern Customer Report which has more details.

Here is a PowerPoint presentation which shows the new Franchise changes.

Northern provided an update on there progress to a group of station adopters on the 7th Nov 2016.  Here is a copy of the three powerpoint presentations which were made.


TransPennine Express Trains

TPexpress_200First TransPennine Express operate all its services in the North of the country, to and through Manchester.  The service which stops at D&T are some of the journeys between Cleethorpes and Manchester Airport.  Click for the current  timetable.

First TransPennine Express was recently awarded a franchise to run a number of services to and from Manchester from the 1st April 2016 to 31st March 2023.  The new franchise is owned by Firstgroup.  The previous franchise called TransPennine Express was owned jointly by Firstgroup and Keolis.

Main changes for the new Franchise are:-

  • 500million investment to transform the services across the North Of England and Scotland
  • 44 new state of the art trains
  • 220 new carriages  by 2020
  • New trains introduced from Spring 2018 onwards
  • over the next four years there will be improved catering, more seats, faster trains, innovative ticketing systems improved journey times
  • Free Wifi on all trains by July 2018 with free TV programmes and films on demand
  • Improved on-board catering, and plugs and USB ports accessible at every seat
  • From 2019, doubling of capacity between Sheffield and Manchester with every train operating with six carriages

Click for more details of the TP Express Franchise.

East Midlands Trains

EastMidlands_200East Midlands provides services in the East Midlands and parts of Yorkshire.  It operates services from London St Pancras International to Northamptonshire, the East Midlands and South Yorkshire, as well as local routes throughout Lincolnshire, the East Midlands and Staffordshire and trains between Liverpool and Norwich.

The trains which stop at D&T are on the Liverpool Lime Street to Norwich  or Nottingham service.  Click for the timetable.

The East Midlands Franchise runs from the 11th November 2007. It has been extended until 3rd March 2019 and is expected to be extended again until August 2019.  The latest agreement was in October 2015 and its parent company is Stagecoach.  Click to see the 2015 list of East Midlands improvements.

Next Franchise

A short list of three companies have been chosen for the next Franchise. Here are the details

The Public Consultation on the next Franchise closed on the 11th October 2017.   Here are the Details of the Consultation.  A number of organisations including FoDats and Sheffield City Region have responded to the consultation.   Here are there responses:-

The Invitation To Tender is expected to be issued next and the franchise is expected to start in late 2019.