Franchise agreements published on GOV.UK may not be the most current documents held by the department. Abellio Chief Executive Dominic Booth said he was “proud” to have chosen Abellio as a successful bidder and added: “We look forward to this franchise driving economic growth and bringing significant benefits to passengers.” Stagecoach has been managing the East Midlands Trains franchise for over 11 years. From August 2019, Abellio will offer the service on the #EastMidlandsRailway. You will be responsible for providing better journeys for rail passengers. Read more 👉 t.co/z7AfmDY5ru pic.twitter.com/lLo8bDUeQL The current East Midlands Trains franchise expires on March 2, 2019. A new short-term franchise agreement is needed to fill this gap and ensure a smooth transition to the new franchise, which is expected to start currently in August 2019. Transport Minister Chris Grayling said: “Improving the passenger experience is at the heart of this new franchise.