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Last Updated: Friday, 29 October, 2004, 13:00 GMT 14:00 UK
New train fleet left sitting idle
Midland Mainline train
The new trains will replace the old-style fleet
One Britain's biggest rail operators is taking delivery of a brand new fleet of trains - which it cannot use.

A decision by the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) has meant Midland Mainline has no immediate use for seven new trains, part of a 220m order.

Derby-based Midland Mainline ordered the nine-car trains for use on an enhanced Leeds to London service.

But the SRA has ruled there is not enough demand for the service, leaving the new fleet standing idle.

We are considering several different options with regards to their future
Midland Mainline spokesperson
Because of contractual obligations Midland Mainline has been forced to accept delivery of the new trains.

Midland Mainline and the lease company HSBC Rail are now trying to find a solution to the problem.

A spokesperson for Midland Mainline said: "As a result of the SRA's decision we do not need the capacity that the nine-car Meridians would provide.

"We are considering several different options with regards to their future and, as yet, no decision has been made."

The Meridians are part of an order which also includes 16 four-car trains, which are currently being phased into use.

Its planned extended additional service would have seen extra trains on its routes linking Leeds, Sheffield, Derby, Nottingham, Leicester, Kettering, Wellingborough, Luton, Bedford and London.

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