New West Midlands franchise announced

Today the Department for Transport have announced that Govia has LOST the West Midlands Franchise.

From 10th December 2017 a joint venture between Abellio, East Japan Railway Company and Mitsui & Co Ltd, under the name West Midlands Trains Ltd, have gained the franchise following a competitive tender process.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling MP said

This is great news for passengers using West Midlands services – with new trains, more space, more regular services and easier access for disabled people.

We are improving the whole travelling experience with live train crowding information, compensation for people delayed by 15 minutes or more, smart ticketing and better value tickets for part-time workers.

This shows we are delivering on our commitment to build a railway that works for everyone.

Some of the new developments coming to the franchise are

  • Free Wi-Fi on all mainline trains by 2019
  • 400 new carriages by 2021 providing an extra 85,000 additional seats
  • Delay Repay 15
  • Smart ticketing
  • Live passenger information
  • £60 million pound station investment
  • £70 million pound depot investment to help improve reliability of services

And many more developments across the franchise including additional and new services providing new connections. With a new Crewe to Birmingham service via Stoke-on-Trent from December 2021

Find out more on the Department for Transport website announcing the new franchise and also find out how your local London Midland service will be improved.

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