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New train firm takes up franchise
East Midlands Trains' new livery
The trains will have a brand new livery
A new train operator has taken over services in the East Midlands from Central Trains and Midland Mainline.

East Midlands Trains, run by the Stagecoach Group, took over the franchise at 0200 GMT on Sunday.

Its plans include more CCTV, improved journey times and new links to Europe by working with Eurostar.

The firm appealed to union Aslef, which has held a series of one-day strikes over pension claims, to come back to the negotiating table.

Official launch events were held on Monday at Nottingham and Derby train stations where a train was shown in the company's new livery.

The franchise - lasting seven years and four months - comprises all the existing main line train services to London St Pancras International, regional rail services in the East Midlands and services between Norwich and Liverpool.

Other improvements include faster journey times on London trains from Sheffield and Leicester from 2008, investments at Derby's Etches Park train maintenance depot and two new stations at East Midlands Parkway and Corby.

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