The East Midlands Franchise award states: http://maps.dft.gov.uk/east-midlands-rail-franchise/index.html Three big questions: Was splitting the service the correct decision? Will the new service be run by TPE or Northern? What rolling stock will they use? My guess is that it will be TPE with more 802s obtained to run Middlesbrough-Manchester Airport services to make use of ECML wires and run at 125mph, freeing up Mark V sets for Liverpool-Nottingham. Its a complete guess though. Please could we avoid talking about the East Midlands franchise award in this thread and concentrate on the future of this particular service.