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London Midland contract award: 2015 - December 2017
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2015 11:40 pm    Post subject: London Midland contract award: 2015 - December 2017 Reply with quote

london Midland has welcomed the announcement, by the Department for Transport (DfT), that the train operator will continue to run services between London, the West Midlands and the North of England until October 2017.
http://www.londonmidland.com/about-us/latest-news/#/pressreleases/london-midland-welcomes-new-contract-award-1266147

Nothing found on Kidder.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2015 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also nothing in their announcement about longer trains Hereford to Birmingham. Two-car trains and severe overcrowding is becoming the norm now, sadly.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2015 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ther is an embedded link in the LM anouncement to the ORR statement. This has oblique references to Leamington Spa, Doridge, Whitlocks End and the new station at Kenilworth. It seems that it is the whole franchise as now. It just appears that LM are only proud of its London coridor and not the greater West Mids service.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2015 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The devil or the good stuff will be in the detail which we do not have yet and may take a while to come through. I can tell you that the Stourbridge Line User Group where I do my volunteering these days have been pressing for better weekend services to and from Kidderminster. Let's wait and see.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

According to the Express and Star the franchise for the Kidderminster train service will be taken over by West Midlands Trains Ltd from December 2017.
https://www.expressandstar.com/news/business/2017/08/10/london-midland-misses-out-on-west-midlands-rail-franchise/#B9TtMX2VUshebhAm.99
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The DfT press release:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/more-seats-for-rail-passengers-as-nearly-1-billion-is-invested-in-midlands-services
The interactive map gives more details: http://maps.dft.gov.uk/west-midlands/
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am reading this change as good news for the area.

A statement by London Midland offers a polite congratulations to the new train company. This is the internet link https://www.londonmidland.com/about-us/latest-news#/pressreleases/london-midland-statement-on-next-west-midlands-franchise-2102067?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Subscription&utm_content=current_news

There must be a news release from the new people somewhere but I have not got there yet?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Divington_R wrote:
I am reading this change as good news for the area.

A statement by London Midland offers a polite congratulations to the new train company. This is the internet link https://www.londonmidland.com/about-us/latest-news#/pressreleases/london-midland-statement-on-next-west-midlands-franchise-2102067?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Subscription&utm_content=current_news

There must be a news release from the new people somewhere but I have not got there yet?

https://www.abellio.com/sites/default/files/downloads/170810_press_release_west_midlands_trains_announced_as_winning_bidder.pdf
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For Kidderminster and the Snow Hill lines, the main points seem to be refurb stock (presumably the 170s) and additional stock, and an upgrade for the sunday service (earlier trains and more frequent).
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On the local BBC news this evening there was a mention of the Camp Hill line and reopening a station or stations on that route, they also said it was a freight only route - which of course is wrong, as Voyagers run round that way at the moment.

Over the years the bay at Rowley Regis has been mentioned as a possible reinstatement and of course the 4th platform at Snow Hill. Moor Street could accomodate another platform, or two? with a link to the Camp Hill line.

Only time will tell what happens.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/single-view/view/east-japan-railway-enters-uk-market-with-west-midlands-win.html

You may notice that image of a train in the new livery has Stourbridge Junction as the backscene
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:42 pm    Post subject: Broken promises..................... Reply with quote

So no change then, higher fares still, over crowding still, cancelled trains still, late running service still and another make over Sad

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

KJEvans wrote:
For Kidderminster and the Snow Hill lines, the main points seem to be refurb stock (presumably the 170s) and additional stock, and an upgrade for the sunday service (earlier trains and more frequent).
Dear Kieren, an improved Sunday morning service could help travel to the SVR so I am keen to learn more! The important matter of what the new timetable will look like and also when it will happen are key points for me.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the new franchisees are having more rolling stock built, then that should --eventually--help with overcrowding.

I had this discussion a year or so ago with a senior LM official, and the answer then was very much "Yes we know the Hereford-Birmingham trains can be grossly overcrowded, even from Malvern or Worcester, but there just isn't any more rolling stock we can get our hands on..."

Does sound like no immediate improvement, sadly.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Divington_R wrote:
KJEvans wrote:
For Kidderminster and the Snow Hill lines, the main points seem to be refurb stock (presumably the 170s) and additional stock, and an upgrade for the sunday service (earlier trains and more frequent).
Dear Kieren, an improved Sunday morning service could help travel to the SVR so I am keen to learn more! The important matter of what the new timetable will look like and also when it will happen are key points for me.


2021 is the year quoted for Sunday services to near replicate those of a Saturday.
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