Brodies advised Abellio on its successful bid to operate the East Midlands Railway franchise.  Abellio will be responsible for delivering new trains, smart ticketing and more frequent services for passengers.   The result was announced by the Transport Secretary on 10 April 2019. Abellio will invest £600 million in improvements to trains and stations, maximising the effect of the government’s £1.5 billion upgrade 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, and Brodies will now support Abellio in mobilising for that key milestone.