abellio to operate new west midlands franchise -
20 september 2017
On 10 August, the Department of Transport announced that West Midlands Trains Ltd had won the bid to operate the West Midlands franchise from 10 December 2017, taking over from Govia who had operated the franchise since 2007 under the London Midland brand.
In a document titled “Headlines and Benefits” released by West Midlands Rail the same day, the executive summary announced the following benefits for passengers.
West Midlands Trains Ltd (a joint venture between Abellio, East Japan Railway Company
and Mitsui & Co Ltd) will deliver substantially more space for passengers and a fleet
of brand new and refurbished trains serving the region. Improved passenger information
and accessibility standards, more services at weekends and evenings, flexible ticketing
The franchise will operate from 10 December 2017 through to March 2026.
Passengers in the West Midlands will benefit from 180 new train carriages creating
more space for people, especially during rush hour. This includes an investment in
100 new carriages on the Cross City line in Birmingham, and a further 80 for the
Snow Hill line. The new Cross City line carriages will offer metro-
There will be more than 300 extra Sunday services across the franchise, with most
routes operating at Saturday frequencies. There will be more evening and later Saturday
services from Birmingham and a new hourly service from Birmingham and Wolverhampton
to Crewe via Stafford and Stoke-
The document also detailed the benefits for each route, and detailed the following
for the Snow Hill lines (Worcester -
Since 11 September, more details have become available and among proposals for the new franchise are aspirations to
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