The Anonymous Widower

East Midlands Commuter Programme

The East Midlands Commuter Programme has been launched.

It has its own web site, with this mission statement.

Working Towards A Srosperous East Midlands By Investing In Rail

And this more expansive statement.

East Midlands Commuter Programme is a scheme to introduce a high-frequency and high-quality rail service across the East Midlands with as little new infrastructure as possible, as well as lobbying for the extension of NET trams into Derby, East Midlands Airport and more.

So what is the flesh on the bones?

Four Stages

These are.

It looks to me, that there is the start of good things there, but full information is not on the web site yet.

Every plan put forward must be capable of being built.

I shall not comment further until the plan has been completed, published and handed to the Government.

Liverpool’s Vision For Rail was published by the region in July 2021 and it is a complete and well-thought out plan.

In October 2021, I was able to write Chancellor To Fund £710m Merseyrail Expansion.

Work has already started on the first extension to Headbolt Lane station.

At a very much smaller level, look what happened in Devon with the Dartmoor Line, where a small scheme was delivered quickly.

We now also have two further smaller well-planned schemes underway; the Northumberland Line and the Levenmouth Rail Link in Scotland.


I would suspect, that if the East Midlands can write a plan that is complete, fully-costed and deliverable, then they will get the same result as the Liverpool City Region.

January 17, 2022 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , , , , , ,


  1. A curious project. Did you look at the personnel involved? A couple of teenagers! At the very least, I think they’ll need to work with local governments to achieve anything at all.

    Comment by Peter Robins | January 17, 2022 | Reply

  2. My view as well. Liverpool, Devon and Northumberland has shown, that if you’re thorough and professional you can get what you want. To be fair to Peter Hendy, he was like that with the Overground in London and got what he wanted.

    Comment by AnonW | January 17, 2022 | Reply

    • Yes but the people who have put this website together are are group of young enthusiasts
      The profile for Thomas Haines says
      “Thomas Haines was born in the Vendee (France) in early 2004, and this is where he believes he fell in love with railways – despite there being none! He moved to the Midlands in 2014, and has called Derbyshire his home ever since. He has long since wanted to work in the railways, be it a regular driver on the DLR or a Fat-Controller-esque figure on his own railway, but throughout the vast majority of his teenage years, he has had his heart set on transport planning, and as such is a member of the Transport Planning Society.”
      Thomas is Project Executive at the new East Midlands Commuter Programme project within Sustainable Transport Midlands.”
      Anyway better to be enthusiastic than the alternative.
      There are plenty of lines that could be opened where innovations like Very Light Rail could be exploited or functional yet ageing stock could provide a worthy cost based justification solution.
      Most of these are covered in the section headed Further Proposals

      Comment by fammorris | January 17, 2022 | Reply

  3. Ashington isn’t fully funded yet mind you and is subject of a public enquiry currently not that there will be an adverse outcome im sure but this is an existing railway thats in use and shouldn’t have to be subjected to such nonesense.

    Comment by Nicholas Lewis | January 17, 2022 | Reply

  4. take another look at – it’s just been suspended 🙂

    Comment by Peter Robins | January 17, 2022 | Reply

  5. > Thomas Haines was born in the Vendee (France) in early 2004, and this is where he believes he fell in love with railways – despite there being none!

    If that’s an example of their research, I’m not surprised it’s closed down. Vendee actually has quite good services: the main Bordeaux-Nantes line runs through with stops at Lucon and La Roche; there’s a good service to Sables d’Olonne; and there are a couple of other branch lines as well.

    Comment by Peter Robins | January 17, 2022 | Reply

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