West Midlands Trains

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West Midlands Trains
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WMT Class 172 Pair at Birmingham Moor Street.jpg 350232 at Watford Junction.jpg
Top: Class 172 in WMR livery at Birmingham Moor Street
Bottom: Class 350 in the transitional LNR livery at Watford Junction
Overview
Franchise(s)West Midlands
10 December 2017 – April 2026 [1]
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 [2]
Predecessor London Midland
Technical
Length867.4
Other
Website westmidlandsrailway.co.uk
londonnorthwesternrailway.co.uk
Route map

West Midlands Trains route map 2018 01.png

  West Midlands Railway
  London Northwestern Railway

West Midlands Trains [3] (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

West Midlands Trains was created as a consortium of three companies, Abellio, JR East, and Mitsui & Co., which joined to bid for the West Midlands franchise; they were amongst the three bids to be shortlisted in April 2016, and were awarded the franchise during August 2017. In addition to the DfT, it is also accountable to the West Midlands Rail Executive for services that operate wholly within the West Midlands region. On 10 December 2017, West Midlands Trains took over operations from the prior operator, London Midland. As per the original terms of the franchise, West Midlands Trains is expected to continue to operate it until March 2026.

During October 2017, West Midlands Trains revealed details for its planned procurement of new rolling stock; 26 CAF Civity diesel multiple units (80 carriages) and 81 electric multiple units based on Bombardier Transportation's Aventra platform (333 carriages), have been ordered and will replace various classes inherited from prior operators. It also became the launch customer for the Class 230 diesel electric multiple unit that are upcycled London Underground D78 Stock, these entered service in April 2019. During 2020, service levels were deliberately reduced by West Midlands Trains as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. West Midlands Trains was amongst those train operators that were impacted by the 2022 United Kingdom railway strikes, being only capable of operating a minimal timetable on days of the strikes due to the number of staff involved.

History

Background

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%). [5] [6] [7] During July 2016, MTR Corporation abruptly opted to withdraw itself from the bidding process. [8] [9]

In August 2016, a formal invitation to tender for the franchise was issued to the two remaining bidders. [10] During August 2017, the West Midlands Trains consortium was awarded the franchise; it took over operations from the prior operator, London Midland, on 10 December 2017. [11] [12] The franchise is scheduled to run until March 2026. [13] [14]

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 the West Midlands Rail Executive, a group of 16 local authorities. [15] [16] [17] However, the DfT must still approve any changes that the West Midlands Rail Executive may wish to make until the franchise is re-let.[ citation needed ]

Events

By mid-2020, West Midlands Trains had considerably curtailed its services in response to the significant decline of passenger travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic. [18] [19] From 15 June 2020, both passengers and staff on public transport in England, including West Midlands Trains services, were required to wear face coverings while travelling, and that anyone failing to do so would be liable to be refused travel or fined. [20] [21]

In May 2021, the company was criticised after it sent an email to 2,500 employees apparently thanking them for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic and offering a financial bonus; [22] however, employees who clicked on the link within the email were informed that there was, in fact, no bonus and that the email had been a "phishing simulation test”. [23]

West Midlands Trains was one of several train operators impacted by the 2022 United Kingdom railway strike, which was the first national rail strike in the UK for three decades. [24] Its workers were amongst those who participated in industrial action due to a dispute over pay and working conditions. [25] West Midlands Trains was only capable of operating a very minimalist timetable on any of the planned dates for the strikes due to the number of staff involved. [26] [27]

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. [28] [29]

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. [28] 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. [30]

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: [31]

As of May 2022, the typical off-peak Monday - Saturday London Northwestern Railway service pattern, with frequencies in trains per hour (tph), includes: [32]

West Coast Main Line
RoutetphCalling at 
London Euston Tring 2
London Euston Milton Keynes Central 1
London Euston Northampton 2
London Euston Birmingham New Street 1
Northampton Birmingham New Street 1
London Euston Crewe 1
Birmingham New Street Crewe 1
Birmingham New Street Liverpool Lime Street 1
Abbey Line
RoutetphCalling at
Watford Junction St Albans Abbey 43
  • runs roughly every 45 minutes
Marston Vale Line
RoutetphCalling at
Bletchley Bedford 1
  • Train services run roughly every two 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
  1. Wembley Central is served by two trains per day - two early morning services towards London and two late night services towards Tring, except Saturdays, when it is served hourly
  2. There are no Monday-Saturday direct daytime trains northbound between Tring and Cheddington. Passengers wishing to make this journey must double-back via Bletchley or Berkhamsted
  3. Marston Green is served by most trains. Local West Midlands Railway services also call throughout the day.
  4. Polesworth served by one train per day, northbound-only
  5. Longport is served every 2-3 hours. There is no Sunday service
  6. 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: [31]

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 2022, the typical off-peak Monday - Saturday West Midlands Railway service pattern, with frequencies in trains per hour (tph), includes: [33]

Birmingham Shrewsbury
RoutetphCalling at 
Birmingham New Street Shrewsbury 1
Malvern Line
RoutetphCalling at 
Birmingham New Street Hereford 1
Cross-City Line
RoutetphCalling at 
Lichfield Trent Valley Bromsgrove 2
Four Oaks Redditch 2
Chase Line & West Coast Main Line
RoutetphCalling at
Birmingham International Birmingham New Street 1
1
Birmingham International Rugeley Trent Valley 1
Birmingham New Street Rugeley Trent Valley 1
Birmingham New Street Walsall 1
Wolverhampton Walsall 1
Wolverhampton Birmingham New Street 1
Snow Hill lines
RoutetphCalling at
Stratford-upon-Avon Kidderminster 1
1
Whitlocks End Worcester Foregate Street 1
Dorridge Worcester Foregate Street 1
Branch lines
RoutetphCalling at
Stourbridge Junction Stourbridge Town 6Shuttle service
Leamington Spa Nuneaton 1
  1. 1 2 3 4 Request stop

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: [13]

  • 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. [34] 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. [35] West Midlands Rail have since stated these stations will retain a direct service to London taking a slower route via Birmingham and Northampton. [36]
  • 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. [37] [38]

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. [39] 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. [40]

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 and March 2009. In May 2009, the first unit, 139 001 was finally delivered to Stourbridge, with 999 900 removed at the same time. [41] 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 were removed and transferred to CrossCountry to extend some of their two-carriage Class 170 units. The Class 170/6 units which remained at West Midlands Trains have been renumbered to reflect them becoming Class 170/5 units, before being moved to East Midlands Railway after the Class 196 units are introduced. [42]

In May 2021, Chiltern Railways' fleet of four Class 172/1s transferred to West Midlands Trains. This transfer means that all of the Class 172 units are operated by West Midlands Trains. The initial sublease contract was until December 2021, the end of Chiltern Railways' franchise agreement, but the units have remained with West Midlands Trains, [43] with Chiltern stating that the 172/1s would not be returning to them. [44]

Class 196 Civity

WMT is in the process of replacing 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. [45]

The Class 153 units left West Midlands Trains at the end of 2020, [46] and the Class 170 units will move to East Midlands Railway, with the exception of the centre cars of the 170/6s which moved to CrossCountry to lengthen its 170/5s. [47]

The first of these new units entered service on the Shrewsbury line on 17 October 2022. [48]

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. During October 2017, the company announced its plans to procure three two-car D-Train units for use on the Marston Vale line. [49] [50] During April 2019, four months later than intended, the first Class 230 entered regular service. [51]

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. [52]

FamilyClassImageTypeTop speedCarriagesNo.Routes operatedBuilt
mphkm/h
Shunting locomotive
08 [53] Class 08 Tyseley 100.jpg Shunter 1524N/A2Stock movements1952–1962
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
19992000
172/0 WMR Class172 at Nuneaton, 6.19.jpg 28
West Midlands Trains Class 172-0.png
Chiltern Class 172-1.png

West Midlands Trains Class 172-2.png

West Midlands Trains Class 172-3.png
2010
172/1 Birmingham Snow Hill - Chiltern 172102.jpg 42011
172/2 172216 IMG 20221022 143309.jpg 12
172/3 315
CAF Civity 196/0 196101 at Worcester July 2020.jpg DMU 1001602122019–20
196/1 414 West Midland Trains Class 196 0.png
West Midland Trains Class 196 1.png
Hunslet Transportation Projects/Holec [54] 323 323214 Aston (crop).jpg EMU 9014526
323 REWORK WMR.png
19921995
London Northwestern Railway
Vivarail D-Train 230 [55] Class 230 at Bedford 2.jpg DMU 609723

Class 230 LNWR.png

2016–2018 [nb 1]
319/0
319/2
319/4
Euston - WMT 319216 (London Midland livery).JPG EMU 10016149 West Coast Main Line services:

Class 319 London Northwestern Diagram.png

19871988
Siemens Desiro 350/1 20220903 LNR 350114 350124.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

20042014
350/2 350232 at Watford Junction.jpg 37
350/3 Coventry - WMT 350369+350129 London service.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. [38] [56] [57] Specifically, West Midlands Trains placed orders for 26 new CAF Civity diesel multiple units (80 carriages) as well as 81 electric multiple units based on Bombardier Transportation's Aventra platform (333 carriages), when combined, this totals 107 new trains that will be operated by the company. [58]

Class 730 Aventra

Eighty-one Class 730 Aventras sets are to be purchased. [59] They will be built at Derby Litchurch Lane Works. [60] 36 three car trains and 45 five car trains will be built. [61]

FamilyClassImageTypeTop speedCars per unitNumberRoute(s) to be operatedBuiltIn service
mphkm/h
Alstom Aventra 730/0 Bombardier Aventra Class 730 EMU.jpg EMU 90145348 [61] 2020–21Early 2023 [63]
West Midland Trains Class 730 0.png
730/1 110177529Electrified LNR suburban services [64]
730/2 16Long distance LNR services [64]
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 
Sprinter 150/1 Hereford - WMT 150109 (London Midland livery).JPG DMU 231985–862019
153 Leamington Spa - WMR 153364 Coventry service.JPG 181987–882020
Bombardier Turbostar 170/5 Hereford - WMT 170510 on the way to Birmingham New Street.JPG 211999–20002021
170/6 36

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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