Thursday, 10 August 2017

Southern owner loses West Midlands rail franchise after 10 years

The owner of embattled Southern Railway has lost a separate rail franchise in the West Midlands after 10 years.

Govia said it was "disappointed" after it missing out to West Midlands Trains, a joint venture between Dutch and Japanese companies.

The franchise covers routes across the West Midlands - as well as trains from London Euston to Crewe and Liverpool to Birmingham.

The Department for Transport said the decision would mean £1bn invested in services and that passengers would see new, longer trains, free Wi-Fi on all mainline services and compensation if services are delayed by more than 15 minutes.

Since 2007, the London Midland franchise has been run by Govia, which is a joint venture between Go-Ahead and French firm Keolis.
Govia will continue to run the network until December. The new deal will run until 2026.

Go-Ahead chief executive David Brown said in that period it had "delivered significant improvements across the entire network".

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