There is a DfT consultation on the next East Midlands Trains franchise that people may wish to respond to. Deadline for responses is 14th October.
The following bits relevant to cycling in our area have been highlighted to me:
The proposal to split the Liverpool - Ely - Norwich service into two is still in the consultation. This would make it necessary for passengers to and from the Eastern Counties to change trains at Nottingham - particularly difficult for the elderly and people with heavy luggage and bikes. The relatively slowness of this service is compensated for by the convenience of a direct service - from Sheffield you can already get there quicker by changing at Doncaster and Peterborough for example. Currently EM trains run two two-car units together from Liverpool to Nottingham on some services and split them at Nottingham, which works.
Some Liverpool - Norwich services could be diverted to serve Cambridge and Stansted Airport.
All trains should carry a minimum of 4 bikes per unit, to make it possible for families to travel together with their bikes. Scotrail carry 6 bikes per unit on trains that are the same as many EM local services.
Deadline for responses is 14th October.