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Abellio wins West Midlands franchise

A joint venture led by Abellio has won the West Midlands franchise, ending a decade of control by Govia. The routes between London, the West Midlands and Liverpool are set to receive an investment of almost £1 billion, said the Department for Transport. The fleet will be boosted by 400 new vehicles, which are to be in service by 2021, while the new contract includes compensation for delays of more than 15 minutes.

HS2 should "not be at the expense of rail electrification," says Vince Cable

The new leader of the Liberal Democrats has said that HS2 should not come "at the expense of good regional investment," suggesting that rail electrification for Wales should be a bigger priority.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

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  • Rail passengers see rise in crimeRail passengers in the South faced a massive rise in crime on trains and stations last year - according to the British Transport Police.
  • Free Wifi and compensation for passengers in new dealRail passengers are expected to be able to look forward to new longer trains with more seats and more space, along with a number of other, new benefits, following a £1billion investment in services on the West Midlands network.
  • London Midland loses rail franchiseLondon Midland has lost the right to operate in the West Midlands. The franchise, which won the contract in 2007, has been replaced by West Midlands Trains Ltd, a joint venture between Abellio, East Japan Railway Company and Mitsui & Co Ltd.

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  • Abellio wins West Midlands franchise A joint venture led by Abellio has won the West Midlands franchise, ending a decade of control by Govia. The routes between London, the West Midlands and Liverpool are set to receive an investment of almost £1 billion, said the Department for Transport. The fleet will be boosted by 400 new vehicles, which are to be in service by 2021, while the new contract includes compensation for delays of more than 15 minutes.

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