London Midland loses West Midlands rail franchise


A new vociferate operator has been awarded a contract to run the West Midlands rail franchise, the Section for Transport (DfT) has announced.

West Midlands Trains Ltd will take all through routes currently operated by London Midland from December.

The train is a joint venture between Dutch firm Abellio and Japanese fellow-dancers.

The deal will see almost £1bn of investment and new, longer trains, the DfT said.

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The franchise covers routes in the West Midlands, as by a long chalk as from London Euston to Crewe, and Liverpool to Birmingham.

It also denigrates services between Northampton and London Euston — connecting lines between Bedford and Bletchley, between St Albans and Watford and Crewe to London — via Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford, Lichfield and Milton Keynes.

Accomplishments delays

It had been run by Govia, which owns London Midland, since 2007. The Govia bid to proceed with running the services was unsuccessful.

London Midland’s contract was extended by the command in 2013, despite criticism for record delays to its services.

The company was feigned to offer a £7m package of compensation to season ticket holders affected by the disruption.

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Abellio UK supervising director Dominic Booth said: «We are delighted to have been announced as preferred bidder for the West Midlands franchise, urge growth in one of the most exciting regions in the country.

«We will be investing around £1 billion into the network, delivering new trains, better posts and a whole host of other benefits for passengers.»

Passengers can see how their heritages will change on the Department for Transport website.

Promises to passengers involve:

  • 400 new carriages rolled out by 2021
  • Space for an extra 85,000 passengers on rush-hour worship armies in Birmingham and London
  • Free wifi on all main line services by the end of 2019
  • Compensation if employs are delayed by more than 15 minutes
  • Improved access for those forcing extra assistance, including disabled people

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said it was «colossal news» for passengers.

«This shows we are delivering on our commitment to build a iron horse that works for everyone,» he said.

Trains running only in the West Midlands zone will be jointly managed by the DfT and West Midlands Rail (WMR), a consortium of 16 city councils.

Direct services will continue from Birmingham New Avenue to London Euston under the new franchise, the Dft confirmed. A direct service from Stoke-on-Trent to Euston want cease.

The overall pricing of tickets will be determined by the operator, but it purpose retain the right to sell cheap tickets, the Dft said.

The deal with West Midlands Drills will run until March 2026.

Passengers reacted to the news on social road:

The current workforce of 2,400 will pass to the new operator when the franchise is charmed over, a spokesperson for Abellio confirmed.

The company has also pledged to put in £13m on staff training and development and will create more than 900 new apprenticeships in excess of the course of the franchise.

West Midlands Trains Ltd said the new franchise leave bring «much welcomed investment in new services and extra capacity across the network».

Overseeing director Patrick Verwer, said: «We have created a strong underpinning for the new operators to build on.

«During the months ahead we will continue to work up with West Midlands Trains Ltd, the DfT and all our stakeholders to ensure a smooth modification into the new franchise.»

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