Abellio commences operation of West Midlands rail franchise

Abellio commences operation of West Midlands rail franchise

Abellio commenced operating the new West Midlands Trains (WMT) franchise from 10th December.

 

WMT is jointly owned by Abellio, Japan Railways East (JR East) and Mitsui & Co. Ltd(Mitsui). It’s the first time any Japanese company has successfully bid for a rail franchise, and we’re delighted to be bringing their expertise to the UK working with them in strategic partnerships.

        

WMT will comprise two customer-facing brands, split between the West Midlands part of the network and the West Coast Main Line. These will be West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway, respectively, operating as one business to deliver excellent service to the region.

 

Our plans for this franchise will bring real investment, progress and prosperity to the region. Nearly £1 billion will be invested in new trains, new depots and station upgrades, as well as training and developing our people. Through this we will bring faster and more comfortable journeys for customers travelling between Euston and Liverpool Lime Street, as well as across the West Midlands region.