West Midlands Trains

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West Midlands Trains
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Overview
Franchise(s) West Midlands
Main region(s) West Midlands
Greater London
Other region(s) North West
East Midlands
Parent company Abellio (70.10%)
JR East (14.95%)
Mitsui (14.95%)

West Midlands Trains[1] (WMT, stylised as wmtrains[2]) is a future English train operating company owned by Abellio, JR East and Mitsui that will operate the West Midlands franchise from 10 December 2017.

History

In April 2016, the Department for Transport (DfT) announced the shortlist of bidders for the West Midlands franchise, comprising the incumbent operator Govia, MTR Corporation, and West Midlands Trains; a consortium of Abellio (70.10%), JR East (14.95%) and Mitsui (14.95%).[3][4][5] In July 2016, MTR Corporation withdrew from the bidding process.[6][7]

The Invitation to Tender was issued in August 2016.[8] In August 2017, the West Midlands Trains consortium was awarded the franchise. It will take over from London Midland on 10 December 2017.[9][10] The franchise is scheduled to run until March 2026.[11][12]

Management

Unlike the previous London Midland franchise, which was solely accountable to the DfT, WMT will also be accountable for services that operate wholly within the West Midlands region to West Midlands Rail, a group of 16 local authorities.[13][14] However the DfT will still need to approve any changes West Midlands Rail wish to make until the franchise is relet, by which time West Midlands Rail will award the future franchise for services wholly with the West Midlands region. To allow this, WMT will be split into two business West Coast and West Midlands, similar to the former Silverlink Trains - County routes and Central Trains franchises.

Services

West Midlands Trains will initially operate all services currently operated by London Midland. Future changes include:[11]

Rolling stock

WMT will inherit a fleet of Class 139, 150, 153, 170, 172, 319, 323 and 350 units from London Midland.[citation needed]

Fleet

Class Image Type Top Speed Carriages Number Routes Operated Built
mph km/h
139 Parry People Mover Parry People Mover 139 002 leaving Stourbridge Town Railway Station - geograph.org.uk - 1376879.jpg Railcar 40 64 1 2 2008
150 Sprinter London Midland 150107 at Bedford.jpg DMU 75 121 2 3[18] 1984-7
153 Super Sprinter 153371 Bedford.JPG DMU 75 121 1 8 1987–88
170/5 & 170/6 Turbostar 170631 at Shrewsbury - DSC08281.JPG DMU 100 161 2 17 1999–2000
3 6
172/2 & 172/3 Turbostar Stourbridge Junction - London Midland 172222-172332 Worcester service.JPG DMU 100 161 2 12 2011
3 15
319/0, 319/2 & 319/4 319433 Watford Junction.jpg EMU 100 161 4 7 1987–88
323 Birmingham New Street railway station MMB 22 323220.jpg EMU 90 145 3 26 1992–93
350/1, 350/2 & 350/3
Desiro
Hugh llewelyn 350 255 (6536924189).jpg EMU 100 161 4 76 2004–14
110 177
  1. ^ Will be operated by Pre Metro Operations on behalf of West Midlands Trains; services will be branded as West Midlands Trains.

Future fleet

West Midlands Trains has ordered 26 brand new CAF Civity diesel multiple units (80 carriages) and 81 electric multiple units based on Bombardier Transportation's Aventra platform (333 carriages), giving a total of 107 brand new trains for the operator.[19] All of the new trains are set to be delivered to West Midlands Trains between 2020 and 2021.

In addition to the new rolling stock on order, eight two car Class 172 units will transfer to West Midlands Trains from London Overground, whilst the ten Class 350/4 units currently operated by TransPennine Express are also set to join the fleet. West Midlands Trains will also become the first operator of Vivarail's Class 230 D-Train, having placed an order for three two car units which will be operated on the Marston Vale Line.

In October 2017, details were announced of the first group of planned new rolling stock for West Midlands Trains.[20] Further details became available shortly afterwards.[21]

Class Image Type Top Speed Carriages Number Routes Operated Built In service
mph km/h
172/0 Turbostar Unit 172006 at Leyton Midland Road.JPG DMU 100 160 2 8 2009–10 December 2018
230/2 D-Train[22] D-Train-203001-LongMarston-P1410018.jpg DMU 60 97 2 3 1979–83
2015– (converted)
December 2018
350/4 Desiro EMU 350403 at Edinburgh Waverley.jpg EMU 110 180 4 10 2013–14 December 2019
EMU 110 180 5 29 Electrified suburban services[23] TBC 2020–21
16 Long distance services[24]
EMU 90 145 3 36 TBC 2020–21
DMU TBC TBC 4 14
  • Birmingham New Street–Hereford/Shrewsbury
  • Birmingham Snow Hill–Stratford-upon-Avon[26]
TBC 2020
2 12

References

  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 9860466 West Midlands Trains Limited
  2. ^ "West Midlands Trains Ltd announced as winning bidder for the West Midlands franchise | Abellio". www.abellio.com. Retrieved 20 August 2017. 
  3. ^ Contenders for West Midlands rail franchise revealed BBC News 7 April 2016
  4. ^ East Japan Railway on West Midlands franchise shortlist Railway Gazette International 7 April 2016
  5. ^ "Three shortlisted for next West Midlands franchise" Rail Magazine issue 799 27 April 2016 page 21
  6. ^ Battle to run London Midland rail service down to two Birmingham Post 6 July 2016
  7. ^ "MTR withdraws from West Midlands bidding" Modern Railways issue 815 August 2016 page 21
  8. ^ West Midlands franchise ITT issued Railway Gazette International 30 August 2016
  9. ^ West Midlands Trains announced as winning bidder for West Midlands franchise Abellio 10 August 2017
  10. ^ Lea, Robert (11 August 2017). "Southern operator comes off the rails in West Midlands". The Times (72299). p. 37. 
  11. ^ a b More seats for rail passengers as nearly £1 billion is invested in Midlands services Department for Transport 10 August 2017
  12. ^ Abellio, JR East and Mitsui clinch West Midlands franchise International Railway Journal 10 August 2017
  13. ^ "London Midland loses West Midlands rail franchise". BBC News. 10 August 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2017. 
  14. ^ Jones, Tamlyn (10 August 2017). "£1 billion rail investment as London Midland loses franchise". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 10 August 2017. 
  15. ^ Department for Transport announces new operator for West Midlands franchise The Sentinel 10 August 2017
  16. ^ Harris, Jordan (19 August 2017). "Staffordshire forgotten in rail shake-up". Express & Star. Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  17. ^ Staffordshire stations to keep direct London rail link BBC News 17 August 2017
  18. ^ "AbRail Rail Databases - Diesel Multiple Units". Retrieved 31 July 2016. 
  19. ^ Lea, Robert (17 October 2017). "Big Order for Bombardier Train Unit". The Times (72356). p. 43. ISSN 0140-0460. 
  20. ^ Gibbs, Nigel (November 2017). "Vivarail 230s for new West Mids franchise as 170s to go". Today's Railways (191): 8. 
  21. ^ "Bombardier and CAF win West Midlands train contracts". Railway Gazette. 17 October 2017. Retrieved 17 October 2017. 
  22. ^ "West Midlands Trains" (PDF). Stourbridge Line User Group. Retrieved 17 October 2017. 
  23. ^ Jones, Tamlyn. "Over 100 new trains West Midlands trains - with wi-fi and speeds up to 110mph". Birmingham Post. Birmingham Post. Retrieved 19 October 2017. 
  24. ^ Jones, Tamlyn. "Over 100 new trains West Midlands trains - with wi-fi and speeds up to 110mph". Birmingham Post. Birmingham Post. Retrieved 19 October 2017. 
  25. ^ "Abellio, JR East and Mitsui announce £680m new trains for the next West Midlands Rail Franchise 413 electric and diesel carriages to be manufactured by Bombardier and CAF". Abellio. Abellio. Retrieved 19 October 2017. 
  26. ^ "Abellio, JR East and Mitsui announce £680m new trains for the next West Midlands Rail Franchise 413 electric and diesel carriages to be manufactured by Bombardier and CAF". Abellio. Abellio. Retrieved 19 October 2017. 


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