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December 9, 2014

New trains officially rolled out on London Midland network

Rail passengers in London Midland network are set to benefit from the ten new four-car trains that will start operational service on 14 December.

By Samseer M

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Rail passengers in London Midland network are set to benefit from the ten new four-car trains that will start operational service on 14 December.

The new improvements, including more seats, additional services and extra trains between London and the West Midlands, are part of the government’s £62m investment.

UK Rail Minister Claire Perry said: "We are absolutely committed to building a world-class rail network that provides more seats, more services and better journeys.

"This is just one way in which we’re transforming the rail network. Over the next five years, more than £38bn will be spent on improving and maintaining our railways, providing improved journeys for passengers across the UK."

"We are absolutely committed to building a world-class rail network that provides more seats, more services and better journeys."

With these new trains, the operator will be able to offer 139,000 additional seats per week, including 64,000 more seats in and out of London Euston and 75,000 extra seats in and out of Birmingham New Street.

It also provides faster services between Northampton, Milton Keynes and London and more direct trains between Birmingham, Coventry, Rugby and London.

In addition, it delivers more fast trains between Crewe and London and frequent services between Redditch and Birmingham.

London Midland managing director Patrick Verwer said: "We have listened and taken the opportunity with our new trains to make as many improvements for as many passengers as we can.

"With £62m invested in new trains, this is the biggest change to our timetable in six years."


Image: Rail minister Claire Perry visited London Euston to officially mark the rollout of ten new four-car trains for the London Midland network. Photo: courtesy of UK Department for Transport.

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