Brodies advised Abellio on its successful bid to operate the East Midlands Railway franchise, which started on 18 August 2019.  Abellio will be responsible for delivering new trains, smart ticketing and more frequent services for passengers. It will invest £600 million in improvements to trains and stations, maximising the effect of the government’s £1.5 billion upgrades of the Midland Main Line, to make journeys easier, more reliable and comfortable for passengers. Through zero-carbon pilot schemes, trialling hydrogen fuel cell trains and delivering more seats on modern, spacious trains, the new franchise will also play a major role in building a railway fit for the future. The new franchise starts on 18 August 2019 and will run for 8 or 10 years.