West Midlands Trains

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West Midlands Trains
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350232 in the transitional LNR livery at Watford Junction
Overview
Franchise(s)West Midlands
10 December 2017 – March 2026
Main region(s) West Midlands
Greater London
Other region(s) North West
East Midlands
Fleet sizeWest Midlands Railway

London Northwestern Railway

Stations called at178
Stations operated146
Parent company Abellio (70%)
JR East (15%)
Mitsui & Co. (15%)
Reporting mark LM [1]
Predecessor London Midland
Technical
Length867.4
Other
Website westmidlandsrailway.co.uk
londonnorthwesternrailway.co.uk
Route map

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  West Midlands Railway
  London Northwestern Railway

West Midlands Trains [2] (WMT) is a train operating company in the United Kingdom. It operates passenger trains on the West Midlands franchise between London and the English Midlands under two trade names: West Midlands Railway (WMR) (within the West Midlands region) and London Northwestern Railway (LNR) (outside the region).

Contents

It is owned by a consortium of three companies: Abellio, JR East and Mitsui & Co.

History

Passenger journeys on the West Midlands rail franchise from 2010-11 to 2018-19 Lm passenger nos 2019.png
Passenger journeys on the West Midlands rail franchise from 2010–11 to 2018–19

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%), JR East (15%) and Mitsui (15%). [4] [5] [6] In July 2016, MTR Corporation withdrew from the bidding process. [7] [8]

The invitation to tender was issued in August 2016. [9] In August 2017, the West Midlands Trains consortium was awarded the franchise, and it took over from London Midland on 10 December 2017. [10] [11] The franchise is scheduled to run until March 2026. [12] [13]

In May 2021, the company was criticised after it sent an email to 2,500 employees thanking them for their work during the Covid-19 pandemic and offering a financial bonus; [14] employees who clicked on the link within the email were informed that there was, in fact, no bonus and that the email had been part of a "phishing simulation test”. [15] Manuel Cortes, the general secretary of the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) union described the company's action as “[...] a cynical and shocking stunt by West Midlands Trains, designed to trick employees who have been on the frontline throughout this terrible pandemic – ensuring essential workers were able to travel. The company must now account for their totally crass and reprehensible behaviour. They could and should have used any other pretext to test their internet security. It’s almost beyond belief that they chose to falsely offer a bonus to workers who have done so much in the fight against this virus.” [15] According to The Guardian , "one worker at West Midlands Trains had died from Covid-19 and many others had fallen ill with the virus". [15]

Management

Unlike the previous London Midland franchise, which was solely accountable to the DfT, West Midlands is also accountable for services that operate wholly within the West Midlands region to West Midlands Rail Executive, a group of 16 local authorities. [16] [17] However, DfT must still approve any changes West Midlands Rail wish to make until the franchise is re-let.[ citation needed ]

Branding

WMT services are split into two businesses which operate under two distinct sub-brands. Train services running on the West Coast Main Line, including those running to/from London Euston, Liverpool Lime Street and Crewe, operate under the London Northwestern Railway brand. This name was chosen in tribute to the former London & North Western Railway (LNWR), the company that operated services on the route between 1846 and 1922. Branding of trains and associated publicity use a green colour scheme with a logo composed of the letters L, N and W. [18] [19]

Services running in Birmingham and the West Midlands region – previously operated by London Midland under the London Midland City brand – are operated by WMT under the West Midlands Railway brand. WMT have chosen to operate these services as a distinct business unit in order to facilitate a possible future devolution of these services from the national DfT to the West Midlands Combined Authority. [18] These services bear an orange and purple colour scheme and are branded with a hexagonal "WM" monogram adopted as part of a shared branding initiative under Transport for West Midlands, in which several transport modes in the West Midlands County use similar branding to emphasise integrated transport. Each mode bears a variant of the "WM" logo: West Midlands Buses use a red logo, West Midlands Metro trams use a blue logo, cycling initiatives are branded with a green logo, West Midlands Railway bears an orange logo, and the West Midlands Rail Executive uses a turquoise logo. [20]

London Northwestern Railway services

WMT's services along the West Coast Main Line rail corridor are operated under the London Northwestern Railway brand. These services include: [21]

Oyster card and contactless card payments can be used on London Northwestern Railway at Watford Junction, Bushey, Harrow & Wealdstone, Wembley Central and Euston stations.

As of May 2021, the typical off-peak Monday - Saturday London Northwestern Railway service pattern, with frequencies in trains per hour (tph), includes: [22]

West Coast Main Line
RoutetphCalling at Stock
London Euston Tring 2 Wembley Central (limited service) [lower-alpha 1] , Harrow & Wealdstone, Bushey, Watford Junction, Kings Langley, Apsley, Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted 319
350
London Euston Milton Keynes Central 1 Watford Junction, Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted, Tring (London-bound only), Cheddington, Leighton Buzzard, Bletchley
London Euston Northampton 1 Watford Junction, Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted, Tring (Northampton-bound only), Leighton Buzzard, Bletchley, Milton Keynes Central, Wolverton
Some services, mainly early morning and late evening services extend to/from Birmingham New Street calling at the stations served by the Northampton - Birmingham New Street train (see below)
London Euston Birmingham New Street 1 Leighton Buzzard, Bletchley, Milton Keynes Central, Wolverton, Northampton, Long Buckby, Rugby, Coventry, Canley, Tile Hill, Berkswell, Hampton-in-Arden, Birmingham International, Marston Green 350
Northampton Birmingham New Street 1 Long Buckby, Rugby, Coventry, Canley, Tile Hill, Berkswell, Hampton-in-Arden (Birmingham-bound all day. Northampton-bound trains call in the daytime only), Birmingham International, Marston Green (Birmingham-bound only)
Some services, mainly early morning and late evening services extend to/from London Euston calling at the stations served by the Northampton - London Euston train (see above)
London Euston Crewe 1 Milton Keynes Central, Rugby, Nuneaton, Atherstone, Polesworth (limited service) [lower-alpha 2] , Tamworth, Lichfield Trent Valley, Rugeley Trent Valley, Stafford
Birmingham New Street Crewe 1 Wolverhampton, Penkridge, Stafford, Stone, Stoke-on-Trent, Kidsgrove, Alsager
Birmingham New Street Liverpool Lime Street 1 Smethwick Galton Bridge, Wolverhampton, Penkridge, Stafford, Crewe, Winsford, Hartford, Acton Bridge (irregular service) [lower-alpha 3] , Runcorn, Liverpool South Parkway
Abbey Line
RoutetphCalling atStock
Watford Junction St Albans Abbey 43 Watford North, Garston, Bricket Wood, How Wood, Park Street
runs roughly every 45 minutes
350
Marston Vale Line
RoutetphCalling atStock
Bletchley Bedford 1 Fenny Stratford, Bow Brickhill, Woburn Sands, Aspley Guise, Ridgmont, Lidlington, Millbrook, Stewartby, Kempston Hardwick, Bedford St Johns
Train services run roughly every 2-hours during the day, supplemented with a rail-replacement bus service in the other hours. The bus service consists of two services: an all-stops service, and a service that skips Fenny Stratford, Aspley Guise, Millbrook and Kempston Hardwick
230
Bus
  1. Wembley Central is served by 2 trains per day - 2 early morning services towards London and 2 late night services towards Tring, except Saturdays, when it is served hourly
  2. Polesworth served by one train per day, northbound-only
  3. Acton Bridge is served most hours, but there are some 2-hour gaps in service

Sunday services are similar however:

Early morning and late night services have amended calling patterns and usually call at most stations.

West Midlands Railway services

In the West Midlands region, WMT's train services are operated under the West Midlands Railway brand. These services include: [21]

Services on the short Stourbridge Town branch line are run by the open access operator Pre Metro Operations, who operate services on behalf of WMT under the West Midlands Railway brand name.

As of May 2021, the typical off-peak Monday - Saturday West Midlands Railway service pattern, with frequencies in trains per hour (tph), includes: [23]

Birmingham Shrewsbury
RoutetphCalling at Stock
Birmingham New Street Shrewsbury 1 Sandwell & Dudley, Wolverhampton, Bilbrook, Codsall, Albrighton, Cosford, Shifnal, Telford Central, Oakengates, Wellington 170
Malvern Line
RoutetphCalling at Stock
Birmingham New Street Hereford 1 University, Barnt Green (Limited service), Bromsgrove, Droitwich Spa, Worcester Shrub Hill (Limited service), Worcester Foregate Street, Malvern Link, Great Malvern, Colwall, Ledbury 170 172
Cross-City Line
RoutetphCalling at Stock
Lichfield Trent Valley Bromsgrove 2 Lichfield City, Shenstone, Blake Street, Butlers Lane, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield, Wylde Green, Chester Road, Erdington, Gravelly Hill, Aston, Birmingham New Street, Five Ways, University, Selly Oak, Bournville, Kings Norton, Northfield, Longbridge, Barnt Green (1tph) 323
Four Oaks Redditch 2 Sutton Coldfield, Wylde Green, Chester Road, Erdington, Gravelly Hill, Aston, Duddeston, Birmingham New Street, Five Ways, University, Selly Oak, Bournville, Kings Norton, Northfield, Longbridge, Barnt Green, Alvechurch
Chase Line & West Coast Main Line
RoutetphCalling atStock
Birmingham International Birmingham New Street 1 Marston Green, Lea Hall, Stechford 350
Birmingham New Street Rugeley Trent Valley 1 Tame Bridge Parkway, Bescot Stadium (Irregular), Walsall, Bloxwich, Bloxwich North, Landywood, Cannock, Hednesford, Rugeley Town
Birmingham International Rugeley Trent Valley 1 Marston Green, Lea Hall, Stechford, Adderley Park, Birmingham New Street, Tame Bridge Parkway, Bescot Stadium, Walsall, Bloxwich, Bloxwich North, Landywood, Cannock, Hednesford, Rugeley Town
Wolverhampton Birmingham New Street 1 Coseley, Tipton, Dudley Port, Sandwell and Dudley, Smethwick Galton Bridge, Smethwick Rolfe Street
Birmingham New Street Walsall 1 Duddeston, Aston, Witton, Perry Barr (Closed for refurbishment - services resume in May 2022), Hamstead, Tame Bridge Parkway, Bescot Stadium
Wolverhampton Walsall1 Coseley, Tipton, Dudley Port, Sandwell and Dudley, Smethwick Galton Bridge, Smethwick Rolfe Street, Birmingham New Street, Duddeston, Aston, Witton, Perry Barr (Closed for refurbishment - services resume in May 2022), Hamstead, Tame Bridge Parkway, Bescot Stadium
Snow Hill lines
RoutetphCalling atStock
Stratford-upon-Avon Kidderminster 1 Stratford-upon-Avon Parkway, Wilmcote, Bearley (2 trains Kidderminster-bound, 2 trains Stratford-upon-Avon-bound), Claverdon (2 trains Kidderminster-bound, 2 trains Stratford-upon-Avon-bound), Lapworth (1 train Kidderminster-bound, 5 trains Stratford-upon-Avon-bound), Dorridge, Widney Manor, Solihull, Olton, Acocks Green, Tyseley (Kidderminster-bound only), Small Heath (Kidderminster-bound only), Birmingham Moor Street, Birmingham Snow Hill, Jewellery Quarter, The Hawthorns, Smethwick Galton Bridge, Langley Green, Rowley Regis, Old Hill, Cradley Heath, Lye, Stourbridge Junction, Hagley, Blakedown 172
1 Stratford-upon-Avon Parkway, Wilmcote, Wootton Wawen, [lower-alpha 1] Henley-in-Arden, Danzey, [lower-alpha 1] Wood End, [lower-alpha 1] The Lakes, [lower-alpha 1] Earlswood, Wythall, Whitlocks End, Shirley, Yardley Wood, Hall Green, Spring Road, Tyseley (Kidderminster-bound only), Small Heath (Kidderminster-bound only), Birmingham Moor Street, Birmingham Snow Hill, Jewellery Quarter, The Hawthorns, Smethwick Galton Bridge, Langley Green, Rowley Regis, Old Hill, Cradley Heath, Lye, Stourbridge Junction, Hagley, Blakedown
Whitlocks End Worcester Foregate Street 1 Shirley, Yardley Wood, Hall Green, Spring Road, Tyseley (Whitlocks End-bound only), Small Heath (Whitlocks End-bound only), Bordesley (1 train per week Worcester-bound only), Birmingham Moor Street, Birmingham Snow Hill, Jewellery Quarter, The Hawthorns, Smethwick Galton Bridge, Rowley Regis, Cradley Heath, Stourbridge Junction, Hagley (Irregular), Blakedown (Irregular), Kidderminster, Hartlebury (Irregular), Droitwich Spa, Worcester Shrub Hill (Irregular)
Dorridge Worcester Foregate Street [lower-alpha 2] 1 Widney Manor, Solihull, Olton, Acocks Green, Tyseley (Dorridge-bound only), Small Heath (Dorridge-bound only), Birmingham Moor Street, Birmingham Snow Hill, Jewellery Quarter, The Hawthorns, Smethwick Galton Bridge, Rowley Regis, Cradley Heath, Stourbridge Junction, Hagley, Blakedown (Irregular), Kidderminster, Hartlebury, Droitwich Spa
Branch lines
RoutetphCalling atStock
Stourbridge Junction Stourbridge Town 6shuttle 139
Leamington Spa Nuneaton 1 Kenilworth, Coventry, Coventry Arena, Bedworth, Bermuda Park
Trains run every 2 hours, with service in the other hour provided by 2 rail-replacement bus services - one departs before the train would normally depart and one after the train would usually depart.
172
Bus
  1. 1 2 3 4 Request stop
  2. Most services start/terminate at Foregate Street; however some do so at Worcester Shrub Hill instead with some trains serving both stations by running to/from Foregate Street via Shrub Hill, where trains reverse before continuing. Additional services are extended to Great Malvern, calling at Malvern Link.

Sunday services are generally hourly on most routes however:

Planned changes

Map of the Birmingham & West Midlands rail network (2017) Birmingham & West Mids Passenger Railway Map.JPG
Map of the Birmingham & West Midlands rail network (2017)

Planned changes included: [12]

  • extension of the Birmingham to Wolverhampton service to Crewe via Stoke-on-Trent. This will replace the London Euston to Crewe service via Stoke-on-Trent that will operate directly from Stafford to Crewe via the West Coast Main Line. [24] The change of this service has angered councillors in Staffordshire as to the loss of the direct service (although Avanti West Coast will continue to operate a London-bound service through Stoke-on-Trent). The change of service is necessitated by West Midlands Trains increasing the number of carriages up to twelve in peak hours, which makes stopping at Alsager, Stone and Kidsgrove impossible due to the platforms not being long enough to take 12-car trains. [25] West Midlands Rail have since stated these stations will retain a direct service to London taking a slower route via Birmingham and Northampton. [26]
  • reintroduction of calls at Barlaston and therefore closure of Wedgwood. This will mean the end of the long-standing rail replacement bus service.[ citation needed ] From 10 December 2017, the Stafford – Stoke-on-Trent rail replacement bus was cut back to run only between Stoke-on-Trent and Norton Bridge, via Wedgwood, Barlaston and Stone.
  • reintroduction of calls at Polesworth, refurbishing and reopening both platforms.

Rolling stock

WMT inherited a fleet of Class 139, 150, 153, 170, 172, 319, 323 and 350 units from London Midland, but as the newer units enter service, some will be returned to the leasing companies that own them. [27] [28]

Current fleet

Class 139 Parry People Movers

The concept of using the lightweight railcar dates from 2006 when a year-long pilot scheme began on the Stourbridge Town branch line on Sundays, using a Parry People Movers PPM50 unit constructed in 2002 and numbered as 999900 under TOPS. [29] The success of this trial led to the provision of regular services using the technology in the franchise plans for the new West Midlands Franchise. Following the award of the franchise to London Midland, it placed an order for two PPM60 units with Parry People Movers, through Porterbrook. The service itself was operated for London Midland by Pre Metro Operations. [30]

These two units are 139 001 and 139 002, composed of vehicle numbers 39001 and 39002 in the British carriage and wagon numbering and classification system. The vehicles are mechanically similar to 999 900, but are approximately one metre longer. They were intended to start operating on the Stourbridge Town branch in 2008. In January 2009 it was confirmed that 139001 was still undergoing testing at Chasewater Railway and 139002 was still not completed.

Despite the difficulties in the commissioning of the two Class 139 units, London Midland consistently outlined its faith that they would be ready to enter service. In March 2009, it was announced that the first unit had received its passenger certification from Network Rail, allowing it to carry passengers. London Midland stated that they would begin a phased entry into service, starting with weekend operation in April, leading up to a full service by the timetable change in May 2009. Until then, London Midland temporarily returned a Class 153 to operating the branch service. 139 002 officially entered service on 29 March 2009 as part of the type's phased entry. This unit had previously worked in full service, including all-day on Monday 11 May 2009 and previously had worked all morning services during February/March 2009. In May 2009 the first unit, 139 001 was finally delivered to Stourbridge, with 999 900 removed at the same time. [31] Test unit 999 900 had been on the branch line between 2005 and 2009. At the point of introduction, they displaced a single Class 153 DMU that was previously allocated to the branch line. By December 2009, the 200,000th passenger had been carried by the railcars.

Class 170 and 172 DMUs

West Midlands Trains operate a total of 35 two-car and three-car Class 172 units, 27 of which had been ordered by predecessor London Midland, who originally planned for them to enter service by the end of 2010 on services to and from Birmingham Snow Hill, replacing Class 150s. The original 27 sets have revised front ends with end gangways which make the trains look like the Electrostar family of units.

From 1 September 2011, the Class 172s started operating on the Snow Hill Lines with some weekend work from Birmingham – Hereford. When first used in service, the units suffered a fault with engine vibration in the passenger cabin, which has since been rectified.

The units were originally meant to replace all of the Class 150s, however three were retained until 2019 and moved on to Northern after the Class 172/0 and Class 230 units entered service. Between late 2018 and early 2019 West Midlands Railway inherited the London Overground 172/0s to replace the remaining Class 150s and Class 153s operating on the Coventry to Leamington line, the Coventry to Nuneaton line and Birmingham to Hereford. All had entered service by May 2019.

During November and December 2020, the centre vehicles of the Class 170/6 units have been removed from their consist. They will have a minor refurbishment: along with being reliveried externally, internally the vehicle will be changed to the house colours of their new operator CrossCountry. These vehicles will be used to extend some of their 2-carriage Class 170 units. The Class 170/6 units which remain at West Midlands Trains will be renumbered to reflect them becoming Class 170/5 units, before being moved to East Midlands Railway after the Class 196 units are introduced. [32]

Class 230 D-Trains

West Midlands Trains are also the first operator of the Class 230, a new class of diesel electric multiple unit that are upcycled London Underground D78 Stock. WMT placed an order for three two-car units, which entered service in April 2019 on the Marston Vale Line. [33]

Class 319, 323, and 350 EMUs

The Class 319, Class 323 and all Class 350/2 units will be replaced by brand new Class 730 units.

Seventeen of the Class 323 units will be transferred to Northern Trains to work with the existing 323 units already in service with them. [34]

FamilyClassImageTypeTop speedCarriagesNo.Routes operatedBuilt
mphkm/h
Shunting locomotive
08
[ citation needed ]
Shunter 1524N/A2Stock movements1952–62
West Midlands Railway
Parry People Mover 139 Parry People Mover 139001 at Stourbridge Junction Railway Station (geograph 6253739).jpg Railcar 4064122009
Bombardier Turbostar 170/5 Hereford - WMT 170510 on the way to Birmingham New Street.JPG DMU 100161216
West Midlands Trains Class 170-5.png
1999–2000
172/0 WMR Class172 at Nuneaton, 6.19.jpg 28
West Midlands Trains Class 172-0.png




West Midlands Trains Class 172-2.png

West Midlands Trains Class 172-3.png
2010
172/2 Class 172 WMR, Moor Street, May19.jpg 122011
172/3 315
323 323214 Aston (crop).jpg EMU 9014526
323 REWORK WMR.png
1992–96
London Northwestern Railway
Vivarail D-Train 230 [35] Class 230 at Bedford 2.jpg DMU 609723

Class 230 LNWR.png

2016–18 [nb 1]
319/0
319/2
319/4
Euston - WMT 319216 (London Midland livery).JPG EMU 100161415

Class 319 London Northwestern Diagram.png

1987–88
Siemens Desiro 350/1 350, Northants Loop, Apr19.jpg 11017730 West Coast Main Line services:

London Midland Class 350-2 3 w-pantograph.png LNWR Ex-LM Class 350-2 3 w-pantograph.png LNWR Class 350-2 3 w-pantograph.png

2004–14
350/2 350232 at Watford Junction.jpg 37
350/3 Class 350, LNW, Rugby.jpg 10
350/4 Coventry - WMT 350410 London service.JPG 10

Future fleet

In October 2017, details were announced of planned new rolling stock for West Midlands Trains. [28] [36] [37]

West Midlands Trains has ordered 26 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 new trains for the operator. [38]

Class 196 Civity

WMT is to replace its fleet of 23 Class 170/5 and 170/6 Turbostar and eight Class 153 units, which operate on West Midlands Railway services, with 26 new Class 196 Civity units.

The Class 153 units left West Midlands Trains at the end of 2020, [39] and the Class 170 units will move to East Midlands Railway, with the exception of the centre cars of the 170/6s moving to CrossCountry to lengthen its 170/5s. [40]

Class 730 Aventra

Eighty-one Class 730 Aventras sets are to be purchased. [41] They will be built at Derby Litchurch Lane Works. [42] 36 3 carriage long trains will replace the Class 323 units. [43] 45 5 carriage long trains will replace the Class 319 & Class 350/2 units.

FamilyClassImageTypeTop speedCarriagesNumberRoute(s) to be operatedBuiltIn service
mphkm/h
CAF Civity 196/0 196101 at Worcester July 2020.jpg DMU 1001602122019–202021
196/1 414 West Midland Trains Class 196 0.png
West Midland Trains Class 196 1.png
Bombardier Aventra 730/0 Bombardier Aventra Class 730 EMU.jpg EMU 901453362020–212022
West Midland Trains Class 730 0.png
730/1 110180529Electrified LNR suburban services [45]
730/2 16Long distance LNR services [45]
West Midland Trains Class 730 1 2.png

Past fleet

Former units operated by West Midlands Trains include:

 Family  Class  Image  Type  Carriages  Number  Built Lines served  Withdrawn  Notes 
Sprinter 150/1 Hereford - WMT 150109 (London Midland livery).JPG DMU 231985–862019Transferred to Arriva Rail North [46]
153 Leamington Spa - WMR 153364 Coventry service.JPG 181987–882020Put into long-term storage
Bombardier Turbostar 170/5 Hereford - WMT 170510 on the way to Birmingham New Street.JPG 211999–20002021Transferred to East Midlands Railway
170/6 36Transferred to East Midlands Railway (end carriages) and CrossCountry (middle carriages)

Notes

  1. Operated by London Northwestern Railway
  2. Operated by West Midlands Railway
  1. Converted from London Underground D78 Stock originally built between 1979 and 1983.

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East Midlands Railway Transport company operating the East Midlands rail franchise

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Avanti West Coast British train operating company

Avanti West Coast is a train operating company in the United Kingdom owned by FirstGroup (70%) and Trenitalia (30%) that began operating the West Coast Partnership franchise on 8 December 2019. It replaced Virgin Trains, which had operated the InterCity West Coast franchise between 1997 and 2019. The franchise was initially scheduled to run until March 2030, operating High Speed 2 services from 2026. However, in December 2020, it was announced that it will be terminated on 31 March 2026 as part of the abolition of the franchise system.

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Operator of West Midlands franchise
2017–2026
Succeeded by
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