East Midlands Railway introduces first of new regional train fleet
The first which went into service was named ‘Key Worker’ in light and recognition to the railways staff and other keyworks who have been working extremely hard keeping the country running through this pandemic. First Class 170 is now in service between Nottingham and Worksop.
The Class 170 “Turbostars”, which will originally run on the Robin Hood Line, offer EMR Regional customers an additionally modern and reliable experience with free WiFi. Furthermore, they are the first trains on the EMR network to use the permanent East Midlands Railway livery.
With a different design to the Class 15x fleet that they replace, the Class 170 trains provide spacious doors, closer to the middle of the carriage making it much easier to enter and exit for passengers and offer a more accessible layout for people with prams, bikes, wheelchairs etc. While also offering the option of table seats.
The Class 170’s include various upgrades, due to be significantly refurbishing, such as the introduction of power sockets, improved CCTV, enhanced information systems and better toilet interiors.
“The introduction of our first 170 is an exciting milestone for us and a real boost for EMR Regional. They offer passengers significant improvements and benefits and will make journeys more comfortable and convenient. It is fitting to name the first train into service as ‘The Key Worker’ in honour and to say thank you to everyone who has worked so tirelessly in recent months to support us all.” (Will Rogers, 2020)
Another two 170 trains will be added to the line in early December. These units will be operating mainly on the Nottingham to Worksop line before being rolled out further in 2021.