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New timetable and new trains for London Midland

9 December 2014  •  Author: European Railway Review

Thanks to £62 million of UK government investment, London Midland will roll-out 10 new four-car trains for their network as part of its new timetable from Sunday 14 December 2014.

Commuters travelling between London and the West Midlands will benefit from more seats and more services every week.

Rail Minister Claire Perry visited London Euston today (Tuesday 9 December 2014) to officially mark the roll-out of the new trains which will provide 139,000 additional seats for London Midland’s passengers every week, as well as:

  • Faster services between Northampton, Milton Keynes and London
  • More direct trains between Birmingham, Coventry, Rugby, and London
  • More fast trains between Crewe and London
  • More frequent services between Redditch and Birmingham.
London Midland

Commuters travelling between London and the West Midlands will benefit from more seats and more services every week

Speaking at the launch, 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. I am delighted that London Midland’s passengers across the network are seeing the benefit of our investment. This is just one way in which we’re transforming the rail network. Over the next five years, more than £38 billion will be spent on improving and maintaining our railways, providing improved journeys for passengers across the UK.”

London Midland Managing Director Patrick Verwer said: “With more people travelling with us each year our passengers are telling us they want more services, quicker journeys and more seats. We have listened and taken the opportunity with our new trains to make as many improvements for as many passengers as we can. With £62 million invested in new trains, this is the biggest change to our timetable in six years.”

One response to “New timetable and new trains for London Midland”

  1. Average User says:

    The only issue with the trains are that the seating is ridiculous. There are no tables at all for standard class seats, including the tables on the back of the seat in front… on a three hour journey, be prepared to eat off your lap and hope you don’t spill your drink. For the luxury of a table you will have to pay first class fares… absurd.

    Also the seating arrangement, with everyone squashed together and sitting over each other because of narrow seats/ obese passengers sitting next you makes it the most uncomfortable journey available.

    Considering London Midlands Euston route goes all the way to Liverpool (approx 3.5 hours), it is a shame that the new trains do not have plug sockets (even though decade old Virgin trains have plug sockets).

    London Midland’s new trains are the worst trains I have ever travelled on, apart from Northern Rail (who have trains from the 1950s).

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