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West Midlands rail network set for £1bn investment

The West Midlands’ rail network is set to receive new longer trains with more seats and more space as part of a £1bn investment programme announced today.

The investment will be delivered by the new West Midlands rail franchise operator, West Midlands Trains – a joint venture between Abellio, East Japan Railway Company and Mitsui & Co Ltd – announced by the Department for Transport.

 

The investment promises 400 new carriages rolled out by 2021 and space for an extra 85,000 passengers on rush hour services in Birmingham and London, with the longer trains set to ease overcrowding by providing extra seats for passengers.

Under the deal with new franchise operator passengers will get free Wi-Fi on all main line services by the end of 2019.

Additionally, passengers will also be in line for compensation if services are delayed by more than 15 minutes and there will be improved access for passengers requiring extra assistance, including disabled people.

Smart ticketing and live passenger information will also be rolled out under the deal, as part of a package of reforms that will improve journeys for passengers.

 

The franchise covers services across the West Midlands, as well as trains from London Euston to Crewe and from Liverpool to Birmingham.

 

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Bus services

Bus routes 42, 43, 145 and 318 will serve the new railway station with effect from Monday July 25th. The new station facilities and better integration with local bus services will make it more attractive for people to use the train to travel between Bromsgrove and Birmingham and Worcester, reducing congestion, carbon emissions and making it easier to access the town. This will make the local area more attractive for businesses and will encourage job creation in the Bromsgrove area.

Contact details

Andy Maginnis, Transport Planning & Commissioning Manager, 01905 766179

David Balme, Transport Planning Officer (Rail), 01905 846881

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