MORE TRAINS ...BUT NOT FOR A YEAR
MORE trains from Nuneaton to Coventry will be added on to the timetable – but not until at least next year.
West Midlands Trains Ltd (WMTL) takes over the rail franchise for the region in December, with a promise of improved services from the town’s station, as well as Bedworth. But the extra services will not come instantly, in fact, the first lot are not expected to get on track until December 2018.
As of December next year, there will be earlier and later train services between Nuneaton and Coventry every day of the week, including Sunday.
Then, in December 2019, there is a promise of an additional hourly service in each direction between Nuneaton and Coventry, delivering three trains per hour on Saturday and two trains per hour Monday to Friday and Sunday. This will pave the way for those attending Coventry City FC and Wasps games to be able to get a train after the matches.
For wider links, there will also be a new hourly service between Coventry and Leamington following the opening of a new station at Kenilworth.
Despite not seeing the benefits straight away, the new services have been hailed by Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council and other members of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) as well as the additional investment in transport in the region.
Councillor Dennis Harvey, Town Hall leader, said: “We committed ourselves very early to the West Midlands Combined Authority as we could see the benefits that devolution would bring. We were the first Warwickshire authority to sign up as a member and we worked hard with our partners to get it off the ground.
“Transport investment on this scale is only possible because of the devolution deal and it is absolutely wonderful that our vision and commitment is already paying off. Our efforts with our West Midlands partners are starting to return dividends across the region and for residents right here in the borough.”
WMTL, a partnership between Abellio, East Japan Railway Company and Mitsui & Co Ltd, was awarded the franchise by the Department of Transport in August this year.
The franchise will operate from December 10 until March 2026 and will cover the train service across the whole of the West Midlands as well as trains from London Euston to Crewe and from Liverpool to Birmingham.