Investment in London Midland fleet
Fri, 3rd October 2014

Investment in London Midland fleet

A £62m government investment in a 'next generation' train fleet will increase the frequency of the service operating between London and the Midlands.

The fleet of brand new electric trains, set to bring thousands of extra seats, are being provided by London Midland, Siemens and Angel Trains following the investment from the Department for Transport.

The ten Class 350/3 Desiro units are set to enter service in London and across the West Midlands from December, but some will be brought start more than two months early, from Monday (6 October 2014).

Rail minister Claire Perry said: "As part of our long-term economic plan, we are investing record amounts in transforming the rail network, providing more seats, more trains and better journeys for millions of passengers.

"Over the next five years, more than £38bn will be invested in building a world-class railway across the country."

The extra carriages will be provided on selected morning and evening peak services between London Euston, Northampton, Bletchley and Tring.

London Midland managing director Patrick Verwer added: "We are committed to improving the overall journey experience for our passengers, and adding more carriages to some of our busiest train services over the next few weeks will make a real difference to our London-bound commuters.

"This investment will also allow us to deliver more passenger services on the Cross City line between Birmingham and Redditch from December – our busiest commuter route in the West Midlands."

The trains will be maintained by Siemens, which built the new fleet, at its depot in Northampton.

category Midlands  |  source Insider Media