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New train company for Tring, Berkhamsted & Leighton

New train company for Tring, Berkhamsted & Leighton

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 9:59am 10th August 2017.

The train company serving Tring, Berkhamsted and Leighton Buzzard is going to change at the end of the year.

Govia, who also own Southern, have lost the West Midlands rail franchise.

The government announced London Midland will be taken over by Abellio and two Japanese companies this morning.

What will change?

There will be 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 providing extra seats and space for passengers.

Under the deal with West Midlands Trains Ltd (a joint venture between Abellio, East Japan Railway Company and Mitsui & Co Ltd) to run the West Midlands franchise, passengers will get:

  • Free wifi on all main line services by the end of 2019
  • For the first time compensation if services are delayed by more than 15 minutes
  • Improved access for those 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.

Electric Train - London Midland

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling 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."

Dominic Booth, Managing Director of Abellio UK, said:

"We are delighted to have been announced as preferred bidder for the West Midlands franchise, driving growth in one of the most exciting regions in the country. We will be investing nearly £1 billion into the network, delivering new trains, better stations and a whole host of other benefits for passengers.

"The trains running only in the West Midlands area will be jointly managed by the Department for Transport and West Midlands Rail (WMR), a consortium of 16 local councils."

The London to Northampton (London – Tring – Milton Keynes – Northampton) line will benefit by:

  • enhanced Sunday frequency between London Euston, Berkhamsted, and Milton Keynes increasing from 3 to 4 services an hour by May 2021
  • enhanced Sunday frequency between London Euston and Tring increasing from 2 to 3 services an hour by May 2021
  • enhanced Sunday frequency between London Euston and Northampton increasing from 2 to 3 services an hour by May 2021
  • at least 8 additional calls at Wembley Central in each direction Monday to Saturday by December 2018
  • at least 4 additional calls at Wembley Central in each direction on a Sunday by May 2021
  • a new smart ticketing product for commuters
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