Freightliner and East Midland Railway collaborate to run new service from Cleethorpes to Barton-upon-Humber

East Midlands Railway passenger train

Earlier this year, Freightliner was awarded a contract with East Mid Railway (EMR) to provide drivers to run their new service from Cleethorpes to Barton-upon-Humber for a minimum period of 12 months.

Following a period of route learning, Freightliner has successfully trained 11 drivers to run EMR’s British Rail Class 156 Super Sprinter units over this portion of the railway, ensuring that EMR continues to operate a resilient and quality community rail service for local passengers.

“Freightliner is delighted to have been given the opportunity to collaborate with EMR in providing a top-class service for the local community,” said Freightliner’s Head of Operations – North, Matthew Workman.  

“From first being approached about the opportunity to work with EMR, we have formed a close collaborative partnership which has been key to the success of this project.  I would like to extend a personal thank you to Paul Griffin (Head of Drivers), Duncan Cale (Barton-on-Humber Project Manager) and Jess Panayiotou (Programme Coordinator) at EMR for their open, transparent and supportive approach, and to my own team at Ferrybridge who have delivered the training, resource management and service delivery with military precision.”

Duncan Cale, Barton-on-Humber Project Manager for EMR said: “We have built a strong partnership with Freightliner over the last several months, and in doing so, we ensured that the 11 drivers trained on the Class 156 trains were supported every step of the way through their learning.

“Over the next 12 months, we will continue to work with Freightliner closely to ensure we continue to deliver a great service to the local communities along the Barton-on-Humber route.