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Powering the Midlands Engine

Now and in 2020 passengers, communities and businesses in the Midlands benefit from big changes happening on our railway.

Big Changes now and in 2020

Trains

  • On East Midlands Railway a new half-hourly service from St Pancras International-Luton-Corby
  • Continued rollout by West Midlands Trains of 180 new train carriages and standing room for an extra 50,000 passengers to and from Birmingham in Metro style carriages
  • Faster journeys on CrossCountry routes between the Midlands and North East of England

Stations, tracks, depots

  • Station improvements underway at Kettering, Wellingborough, Bedford, Market Harborough, Kidderminster, Warwick and Banbury
  • Continued rollout by West Midlands Trains of 180 new train carriages and room for 50,000 extra passengers to and from Birmingham in metro style carriages
  • 200 new train crew now on West Midlands Trains

Communities

  • East Midlands Railway will manage 30 preapprenticeships for local young people and host 25 employability masterclasses at schools
  • Birmingham New Street station now has a dedicated waiting lounge and team to support additional mobility and sensory needs
  • Chiltern Railways will be trialling a greener and noisereducing hybrid battery-diesel train

Major upgrade work

  • Electrification of the Midland Main Line to Corby will go live in 2020
  • New Wolverhampton Interchange Project is on track to open for customers in Summer 2020 as part of a £150 million transport hub

People across the Midlands support rail companies’ proposals for change

The rail industry recognise the need for big changes, that's why together we submitted proposals for a radical alternative to the current franchising system to the independently-chaired Williams review looking into the future of Britain's railway. We proposed for a more customer focussed, joined-up and accountable railway.

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