New Mid­land train brands on track

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

THE Mid­lands rail net­work will see two new brands ap­pear next month as fran­chises start.

Lon­don North­west­ern will re­place West Coast ser­vices cur­rently op­er­ated by Lon­don Mid­land when its fran­chise con­tract ends in De­cem­ber.

The name is a nod to the Lon­don and North West­ern Rail­way com­pany which was once the largest rail­way in Bri­tain and the pre­de­ces­sor of the cur­rent West Coast Main Line.

All re­main­ing Lon­don Mid­land ser­vices around Birm­ing­ham will be re­branded as West Mid­lands Rail­way.

The fran­chise, cur­rently op­er­ated by Lon­don Mid­land, will be taken over on De­cem­ber 10 by a joint ven­ture be­tween Dutch firm Abel­lio, East Ja­pan Rail­way Com­pany and Ja­panese con­glom­er­ate Mit­sui & Co.

The ven­ture is called West Mid­lands Trains. It was awarded a nine-year ten­ure in Au­gust.

West Mid­lands Trains said the in­tro­duc­tion of two brands would en­able po­ten­tial de­vo­lu­tion of the re­gional net­work to the West Mid­lands Com­bined Au­thor­ity.

Lon­don North­west­ern would re­main un­der the re­mit of the De­part­ment for Trans­port for fu­ture re­tender.

Lon­don North­west­ern and West Mid­lands Rail­way will have a shared man­age­ment board while be­ing aligned to their spe­cific re­gional and route re­quire­ments.

The cur­rent changes are part of the near £1 bil­lion in­vest­ment into the net­work over the life­time of the ten­der which in­cludes £680 mil­lion on new trains, to be built by Bom­bardier in Derby and Span­ish firm CAF, along with £70 mil­lion on new de­pots.

> The West Mid­lands Rail­way liv­ery

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