west midlands rail franchise invitation to tender document published

The Department for Transport and West Midlands Rail today published the Invitation for Tender document for the new West Midlands Rail Franchise that is scheduled to start in October 2017.  This document specifies the minimum service requirements for the new franchise.


The two companies shortlisted to run the new franchise (Govia and Abellio) will submit their bids based on the Invitation to Tender by this November and the winner will be announced next June.


The following is specified in the document for the Stourbridge line.


Birmingham – Stourbridge – Kidderminster – Worcester

30 august 2016



Stourbridge Town – Stourbridge Junction



Unfortunately, no mention is made of earlier Sunday morning services on the Stourbridge line, and this is something that SLUG will be pursuing as soon as possible.


To view the Invitation to Tender document, click on the link below.

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