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West Midlands Trains to run amended timetable this Saturday

Press release   •   Dec 06, 2019 12:39 GMT

An amended timetable will be in place across the London Northwestern and West Midlands Railway networks on Saturday. Passengers are advised to check before they travel.

West Midlands Trains and the RMT have formulated a settlement agreement covering the role of conductors on the new trains. However, the agreement has come too late to withdraw Saturday’s amended timetable.

The agreement will be subject to a workforce referendum but in the meantime, the remaining strikes have been suspended.

A West Midlands Trains spokesperson, said: “Both sides have worked hard on our shared vision to keep a conductor on every passenger train with safety critical duties.”

The outcome means that Saturday’s strike has been called off, but an amended timetable will run and passengers are advised to check before they travel.

For more information, visit www.wmr.uk or www.lnr.uk.

About West Midlands Trains

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West Midlands Trains operates both West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway services.

  • London Northwestern Railway services operate between Liverpool and Birmingham, and on the West Coast mainline to and from London Euston.
  • West Midlands Railway services operate to destinations across the West Midlands via Birmingham New Street.

For more information on these services visit westmidlandsrailway.co.uk or londonnorthwesternrailway.co.uk

The West Midlands Trains franchise started on 10 December 2017 and will run until 2025/26.

West Midlands Trains operates 1,300 services a day, manages 150 stations and provides over 70 million passenger journeys a year. Over the course of the franchise, West Midlands Trains will be investing £1 billion into the rail network to deliver new trains, improved routes and station upgrades. This will include 400 new train carriages across the network and space for an extra 85,000 passengers into Birmingham and London at peak times.

The franchise is a joint venture between Abellio (70.1% share) and East Japan Railway Company / Mitsui & Co., Ltd (29.9% share in a 50:50 split). Abellio is the international passenger transport subsidiary of the Dutch national railway company, Nederlandse Spoorwegen. In the UK, Abelllio operates ScotRail and Greater Anglia train services, Merseyrail services in a joint venture with Serco and buses through Abellio London. For more information visit www.abellio.com

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