Govia wins West Midland franchise

21 June 2007

The Department for Transport has announced that the London and Birmingham Railway Ltd (a subsidiary of Govia) has been awarded the contract to run the West Midlands franchise. The new franchise will begin on 11 November 2007 and will run until 19 September 2015. The Department will pay a subsidy of £1,127m over the length of the franchise.

The company says it will deliver increased capacity, better performance and will introduce smartcard technology by 2010 – and promises a fleet of 37 new electric Desiro trains by July 2009 and a new class 172 diesel trains to replace the existing class 150 DMUs operating on the Snow Hill line services in the Birmingham area by July 2010. 

It also says it will introduce new services (including a semi-fast service between London and Crewe) and provide two trains an hour all day between Birmingham and Liverpool and Birmingham and Northampton from December 2008 when West Coast Main Line modernization is completed.

‘ASLEF is entirely in favour of service improvements,’ Keith Norman says. ‘But despite the promises, our experience is that privatised companies have consistently failed to deliver.

‘I hope this is the exception – but rather than gamble on the outcome, ASLEF remains convinced that any responsible government would take all the franchises back and have the courage and conviction to provide public transport accountable to the people who travel on it.’

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