East Midland Trains class 222s in 2014 at Kettering station

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East Midland Trains class 222016 with a train to Corby

East Midland Trains class 222016 with a train to Corby at Kettering station in 2014

Kettering station station still has most of its old platform canopies remaining. There are four platforms at Kettering station, the two over the foot bridge, numbers three and four, are used by East Midland trains.  Not all trains stop in Kettering station. Platform one and two are use by The Corby trains with 2 used the most. Freight also uses platform 1 and 2.

There are lifts here which have been put for wheel chairs and mothers with push chairs ect. There is a buffet and ticket office at Kettering and the size of the car park shows the station is well used. It has East Midlands excellent platform displays giving time now, next train due at (mins late) and stations this train is to.

The main platforms are on the fast lines and non stop trains wizz though. The displays warn when non stop trains are coming though, yellow lines are painted on the platforms and passengers are warned to keep behind these.

East Midland Trains class 222019 with a down train at Kettering station in 2014

East Midland Trains class 222019 with a down train at Kettering station in 2014

The Class 222s

The first of the class 222 entered public service on the Midland mainline at the end of May 2004. They are based on the same body design of the 'Voyager' run by Virgin Trains, but have lots of detail differences. These include seat placement with seating 2+1 in 1st class and 2+2 in 2nd class better sound proofing and many other details.

East Midlands Class 222s run in four and nine car sets making about 127 vehicles in all.

Midland Mainline class 170s were replaced by these Class 222s as the new trains came into service. Two hundred drivers needed 12 working days in the class room and on train training when these Meridians came into service.

The Midland Mainline Class 222s were built at the Bombardier Wakefield plant and then assembled in Brugge. The day to day repairs are done at Eltches Park Depot at Derby. Also some work may be done at Bombardier's Central Rivers depot.

The Meridian fleet was introduced from the end of May in 2004 with just one or two trains then in service . The Mdland Mainline's class 170s which it used befor were displaced as new class 222 replaced them.


Today (2014) the 222s have been all painted in the East Midland Trains colours.



East Midland Trains class 222009 with a up train at Kettering station in 2014

East Midland Trains class 222009 with a up train at Kettering station in 2014


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