News from East Midlands Trains

18.10.2011

Sheffield's company of Cutlers honoured at train naming ceremony

  • East Midlands Trains Meridian named ‘The Cutlers’ Company’ 
  • Official naming by first ever female Master Cutler

Sheffield’s newly appointed Master Cutler, Pam Liversidge OBE DL, joined East Midlands Trains and representatives from across the city, including a number of previous Master Cutlers, at a special train naming ceremony today (Tuesday 18 October) at Sheffield station.

The naming of East Midlands Trains’ Meridian 222 002 as ‘The Cutlers’ Company’ marks a successful partnership with the city which has resulted in significant improvements to rail links to and from Sheffield, including faster journey times, extra services and fully refurbished trains.

The naming ceremony also provided an opportunity for the train operator to welcome the city’s first female Master Cutler to her year in office.  East Midlands Trains has developed close links with the Cutlers’ Company, and the naming of this train will help to celebrate this collaboration and recognise Sheffield’s heritage.  

Tim Shoveller, Managing Director of East Midlands Trains, said: “We recognise the significance that good transport links play in economic regeneration and since the start of our franchise we have put a huge focus on improving rail links to and from Sheffield.

“We’re therefore excited to able to mark our successful partnership with the city and hope that the naming of one of our newly refurbished Meridian trains will be a constant reminder of the transport improvements already made in Sheffield, and those still to come.”

The Master Cutler, Pam Liversidge OBE DL, added: “Good links and efficient rail travel are important to all of us and particularly to business in the current climate. East Midlands Trains provides efficient and comfortable travel and I am delighted that they are associated with the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire. It gives me great pleasure that they have named a train ‘The Cutlers’ Company.”

East Midlands Trains is currently investing £6 million to refurbish its fleet of 27 Meridian trains, which operate on services between Sheffield and London.  This refurbishment programme is delivering added passenger benefits such as luxury leather seats in First Class, new carpets and seat covers throughout as well as additional luggage space and a new space for buggies.  

Since the start of its franchise in 2007, East Midlands Trains has delivered a number of improvements for rail passengers travelling from Sheffield, including: 

  • Introduction of a second train each hour between Sheffield and London, as the result of a successful partnership with the SYPTE. 
  • Faster services between Sheffield and London, with the fastest train each hour taking just 2 hours and 7 minutes. 
  • Continuation of the popular ‘Master Cutler service’ – the 07.27 service from Sheffield, and the addition of two new named services; the Sheffield Continental and the South Yorkshireman. 
  • Refurbishment of all trains operating between Sheffield and London, with WiFi now available on all these services. 
  • Station improvements including the opening of a brand new First Class lounge and refurbishment of all station toilets and waiting areas. 
  • Introduction of a new on-board menu.

222002 is the fourth refurbished Meridian to be named and ‘The Cutlers’ Company’ nameplate will be seen by thousands of people as the train travels on the main line route to London.