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Improved rail services for Nuneaton with award of West Midlands franchise

Published on Wednesday, 27th September 2017

Rail services for Nuneaton are to be improved from December 2017.

The improvements come with the investment of nearly £1 billion across the West Midlands region as a whole and the award of the new franchise to West Midlands Trains Ltd (WMTL).

For Nuneaton Station there will be:

  • an additional hourly service in each direction between Nuneaton and Coventry, delivering three trains per hour on Saturday and two trains per hour Monday to Friday and Sunday.
  • Earlier and later train services between Nuneaton and Coventry every day of the week, including Sunday.
  • Enhanced services further afield, with a new hourly service between Coventry and Leamington following the opening of the new station at Kenilworth

In addition to this, the new franchise promises general improvements to the quality of stations, trains and customer service for passengers. For the first time, passengers will also be entitled to 25% compensation if their train is delayed by more than 15 minutes.

WMTL, a partnership between Abellio, East Japan Railway Company and Mitsui & Co Ltd, was awarded the franchise by the Department of Transport in August this year. The franchise will operate from 10 December 2017 until March 2026 and will cover the train service across the whole of the West Midlands as well as trains from London Euston to Crewe and from Liverpool to Birmingham.

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council and other members of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) have welcomed the new franchise and the additional investment in transport in the region.

Dennis Harvey, Leader of the Council said:

“We committed ourselves very early to the West Midlands Combined Authority as we could see the benefits that devolution would bring.  We were the first Warwickshire authority to sign up as a Member and we worked hard with our partners to get it off the ground.

“Transport investment on this scale is only possible because of the devolution deal and it is absolutely wonderful that our vision and commitment is already paying off. Our efforts with our West Midlands partners are starting to return dividends across the region and for residents right here in the Borough.”

Alongside the award of the franchise is the commitment to invest substantially in the regional rail network; passengers will see improvements within the network such as extra seats for rush hour passengers, new carriages and the roll-out of smart ticketing and live passenger information. The WMCA has hailed the announcement the dawn of a new golden era for our local train services.

The Combined Authority’s vision for the region’s wider transport network is set out in the 2026 Delivery Plan for Transport, which was agreed in September and promises £3.4 billion of tram extensions, new suburban rail lines, cycle routes and motorway improvements over the coming decade.

For more information about transport plans for the West Midlands please visit the WMCA website, www.wmca.org.uk.