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West Midlands Trains
WestMidlandsTrains.svg
350232 at Watford Junction.jpg
350232 in the transitional LNWR livery at Watford Junction
Overview
Franchise(s)West Midlands
10 December 2017 – March 2026
Main region(s)West Midlands
Greater London
Other region(s)North West
East Midlands
Fleet sizeWest Midlands Railway

London Northwestern Railway

Stations called at178
Stations operated146
Route km operated867.4
National Rail abbreviationLM[1]
Parent companyAbellio (70%)
JR East (15%)
Mitsui (15%)
Websitewww.wmtrains.co.uk
Route map
Route map

West Midlands Trains[2] (WMT) is a train operating company in the United Kingdom that operates passenger trains on the West Midlands franchise between London and stations in the English Midlands. It is owned by a consortium of three companies: Abellio, JR East and Mitsui.

West Midlands Trains took over the franchise on 10 December 2017 and operates trains under two brand names, London Northwestern Railway and West Midlands Railway.

History[edit]

Passenger journeys on the West Midlands rail franchise from 2010-11 to 2018-19[3]

In April 2016, the Department for Transport (DfT) announced the shortlist of bidders for the West Midlands franchise, comprising the incumbent operator Govia, MTR Corporation, and West Midlands Trains: a consortium of Abellio (70%), JR East (15%) and Mitsui (15%).[4][5][6] In July 2016, MTR Corporation withdrew from the bidding process.[7][8]

The invitation to tender was issued in August 2016.[9] In August 2017, the West Midlands Trains consortium was awarded the franchise. It took over from London Midland on 10 December 2017.[10][11] The franchise is scheduled to run until March 2026.[12][13]

Management[edit]

Unlike the previous London Midland franchise, which was solely accountable to the DfT, West Midlands will also be accountable for services that operate wholly within the West Midlands region to West Midlands Rail Executive, a group of 16 local authorities.[14][15] However, the DfT will still need to approve any changes West Midlands Rail wish to make until the franchise is relet, by which time West Midlands Rail will award the future franchise for services wholly within the West Midlands region.

Branding[edit]

WMT services are split into two businesses which operate under two distinct sub-brands. Longer-distance train services running on the West Coast Main Line, including those running to/from London Euston, Liverpool Lime Street and Crewe operate under the London Northwestern Railway brand. This name was chosen in tribute to the former London & North Western Railway (LNWR), the company that operated services on the route between 1846 and 1922. Branding of trains and associated publicity use a green colour scheme with a logo composed of the letters L, N and W.[16][17]

Services running in Birmingham and the West Midlands region — previously operated by under the London Midland City brand — are operated by WMT under the West Midlands Railway brand. These services bear an orange and grey colour scheme and are branded with a hexagonal "WM" monogram. WMT have chosen to operate these services as a distinct business unit in order to facilitate a possible future devolution of these services from the national DfT to the West Midlands Combined Authority.[16] The hexagonal "WM" logo has been adopted as part of a shared branding initiative under Transport for West Midlands, in which other transport modes in the West Midlands have been branded with a common identity to emphasise integrated transport. Each mode bears a coloured variant of the "WM" logo: West Midlands Buses use a red logo, West Midlands Metro trams use a blue logo, cycling initiatives are branded with a green logo, West Midlands Trains bears an orange logo, and the West Midlands Rail Executive is in turquoise.[18]

Services[edit]

LondonNorthwestern.svg
Class 350, LNW, Rugby.jpg
350 372 in the Full LNWR livery at Rugby, May 2019
Overview
National Rail abbreviationLN
Websitelondonnorthwesternrailway.co.uk

West Midlands Trains operate all train services previously run by London Midland. Trains operate under one of the company's two brand names depending on route.[19]

London Northwestern Railway[edit]

WMT's medium- and long-distance services along the West Coast main line rail corridor are operated under the London Northwestern Railway brand. These services include:.[19]

  • suburban and regional services out of London Euston;
  • services between Birmingham and Liverpool;
  • services on rural lines that branch off the West Coast main line.

Oyster card and contactless card payments can be used on London Northwestern Railway at Watford Junction, Bushey, Harrow & Wealdstone, Wembley Central and Euston stations.

As of 19 May 2019, the typical off-peak weekday London Northwestern Railway service pattern, with frequencies in trains per hour (tph), include:[20]

London suburban routes
Route tph Calling at  Stock
London Euston to Tring 2 Wembley Central (1tph), Harrow & Wealdstone, Bushey, Watford Junction, Kings Langley, Apsley, Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted 319 or 350
London Euston to Milton Keynes Central 1 Watford Junction, Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted, Tring (London-bound only), Cheddington (London-bound only), Leighton Buzzard, Bletchley 319 or 350
Mainline (via Northampton and Birmingham New Street)
Route tph Calling at Service  Stock
London Euston to Birmingham New Street via Northampton 1 Watford Junction, Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted, Tring (Birmingham-bound only), Cheddington (Birmingham-bound only), Leighton Buzzard, Bletchley, Milton Keynes Central, Wolverton, Northampton, Long Buckby, Rugby, Coventry, Canley, Tile Hill, Berkswell, Hampton-in-Arden (Birmingham-bound only), Birmingham International, Marston Green
Trains continue beyond Birmingham New Street (see below).
I
350
1 Leighton Buzzard, Bletchley, Milton Keynes Central, Wolverton, Northampton, Long Buckby, Rugby, Coventry, Canley (London-bound only), Tile Hill, Berkswell (London-bound only), Hampton-in-Arden, Birmingham International, Marston Green, Lea Hall (London-bound only), Stechford (London-bound only)
Trains continue beyond Birmingham New Street (see below).
II
350
1 Watford Junction, Milton Keynes Central, Northampton, Long Buckby, Rugby, Coventry, Canley (Birmingham-bound only), Tile Hill, Berkswell (Birmingham-bound only), Hampton-in-Arden (London-bound only), Birmingham International, Marston Green, Lea Hall (Birmingham-bound only), Stechford (Birmingham-bound only)
Trains continue beyond Birmingham New Street (see below).
III
350
Birmingham International to Birmingham New Street 1 Lea Hall, Stechford, Adderley Park
Trains continue beyond Birmingham New Street (see below).
IV
350

Services running to/from Birmingham New Street are combined, which gives through services between London (as above) and Rugeley/Liverpool/Crewe (as below).

Birmingham New Street to Rugeley Trent Valley 1 Tame Bridge Parkway, Bescot Stadium, Walsall, Bloxwich, Bloxwich North, Landywood, Cannock, Hednesford, Rugeley Town
Trains continue beyond Birmingham New Street (see above).
A
350
1 Tame Bridge Parkway, Walsall, Bloxwich, Bloxwich North, Landywood, Cannock, Hednesford, Rugeley Town
Trains continue beyond Birmingham New Street (see above).
B
350
Birmingham New Street to Liverpool Lime Street 1 Smethwick Galton Bridge, Wolverhampton, Penkridge, Stafford, Crewe, Winsford (Liverpool-bound only), Hartford, Acton Bridge (limited service), Runcorn, Liverpool South Parkway
Trains continue beyond Birmingham New Street (see above).
C
350
1 Coseley, Wolverhampton, Penkridge, Stafford, Crewe, Winsford (Birmingham-bound only), Hartford, Acton Bridge (limited service), Runcorn, Liverpool South Parkway
Trains continue beyond Birmingham New Street (see above).
D
350
Birmingham New Street to Crewe via Stoke-on-Trent 1 Smethwick Galton Bridge, Wolverhampton, Stafford, Stone, Stoke-on-Trent, Kidsgrove, Alsager
Trains continue beyond Birmingham New Street (see above).
E
350
Mainline (Trent Valley)
Route tph Calling at Stock
London Euston to Crewe via Tamworth 1 Milton Keynes Central, Rugby, Nuneaton, Atherstone, Polesworth (limited service), Tamworth, Lichfield Trent Valley, Rugeley Trent Valley, Stafford 350
Branch lines
Route tph Calling at Stock
Watford Junction to St Albans Abbey Watford North, Garston, Bricket Wood, How Wood, Park Street
Irregular service; approximately every 45 minutes.
319
Bletchley to Bedford 1 Fenny Stratford, Bow Brickhill, Woburn Sands, Aspley Guise, Ridgmont, Lidlington, Millbrook, Stewartby, Kempston Hardwick, Bedford St Johns 230

West Midlands Railway[edit]

WestMidlandsRailway.svg
Class 172 WMR, Moor Street, May19.jpg
Class 172 in West Midlands Railway livery at Birmingham Moor Street in 2019.
Overview
National Rail abbreviationWM
Websitewestmidlandsrailway.co.uk

In the West Midlands region, WMT's train services are operated under the West Midlands Railway brand. These services include:[19]

Services on the short Stourbridge Town branch line are run by the independent operator Pre Metro Operations, who operate services on behalf of WMT under the West Midlands Railway brand name.

As of 19 May 2018, the typical off-peak weekday West Midlands Railway services, with frequencies in trains per hour (tph), include:[21][22]

Birmingham regional
Route tph Calling at  Stock
Birmingham New Street to Shrewsbury 1 Wolverhampton, Codsall, Shifnal, Telford Central, Wellington 170
1 Sandwell & Dudley, Wolverhampton, Bilbrook, Codsall, Albrighton, Cosford, Shifnal, Telford Central, Oakengates, Wellington
Birmingham New Street to Hereford 1 University, Barnt Green (limited service), Bromsgrove, Droitwich Spa, Worcester Foregate Street, Malvern Link, Great Malvern, Colwall, Ledbury 153,
170,
172
Cross-City Line
Route tph Calling at  Stock
Lichfield Trent Valley to Redditch 1 Lichfield City, Blake Street, Butlers Lane, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield, Wylde Green, Chester Road, Erdington, Gravelly Hill, Aston, Birmingham New Street, Five Ways, University, Selly Oak, Bournville, Kings Norton, Northfield, Longbridge, Barnt Green, Alvechurch 323
1 Lichfield City, Shenstone, Blake Street, Butlers Lane, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield, Wylde Green, Chester Road, Erdington, Gravelly Hill, Aston, Birmingham New Street, Five Ways, University, Selly Oak, Bournville, Kings Norton, Northfield, Longbridge, Barnt Green, Alvechurch
Four Oaks to Redditch 1 Sutton Coldfield, Wylde Green, Chester Road, Erdington, Gravelly Hill, Aston, Duddeston, Birmingham New Street, Five Ways, University, Selly Oak, Bournville, Kings Norton, Northfield, Longbridge, Barnt Green, Alvechurch
Lichfield Trent Valley to Bromsgrove 1 Lichfield City, Blake Street, Butlers Lane, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield, Wylde Green, Chester Road, Erdington, Gravelly Hill, Aston, Birmingham New Street, Five Ways, University, Selly Oak, Bournville, Kings Norton, Northfield, Longbridge, Barnt Green (Bromsgrove-bound only)
1 Lichfield City, Shenstone, Blake Street, Butlers Lane, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield, Wylde Green, Chester Road, Erdington, Gravelly Hill, Aston, Birmingham New Street, Five Ways, University, Selly Oak, Bournville, Kings Norton, Northfield, Longbridge, Barnt Green (Lichfield-bound only)
Four Oaks to Bromsgrove 1 Sutton Coldfield, Wylde Green, Chester Road, Erdington, Gravelly Hill, Aston, Duddeston, Birmingham New Street, Five Ways, University, Selly Oak, Bournville, Kings Norton, Northfield, Longbridge
Walsall line
Route tph Calling at Stock
Walsall to Wolverhampton via Aston 2 Bescot Stadium, Tame Bridge Parkway, Hamstead, Perry Barr, Witton, Aston, Duddeston, Birmingham New Street, Smethwick Rolfe Street, Smethwick Galton Bridge, Sandwell and Dudley, Dudley Port, Tipton, Coseley 323,
350
Snow Hill lines
Route tph Calling at Stock
Stratford-upon-Avon to Stourbridge Junction via Dorridge 1 Stratford-upon-Avon Parkway, Dorridge, Widney Manor, Solihull, Olton, Acocks Green, Birmingham Moor Street, Birmingham Snow Hill, Jewellery Quarter, The Hawthorns, Smethwick Galton Bridge, Langley Green, Rowley Regis, Old Hill, Cradley Heath, Lye 153,
170,
172
Dorridge to Kidderminster 1 Widney Manor, Solihull, Olton, Acocks Green, Tyseley (Dorridge-bound only), Small Heath (Dorridge-bound only), Birmingham Moor Street, Birmingham Snow Hill, Jewellery Quarter, The Hawthorns, Smethwick Galton Bridge, Rowley Regis, Cradley Heath, Stourbridge Junction, Hagley, Blakedown
Dorridge to Worcester Shrub Hill or Worcester Foregate Street[a] 1 Widney Manor, Solihull, Olton, Acocks Green, Tyseley (Worcester-bound only), Small Heath (Worcester-bound only), Birmingham Moor Street, Birmingham Snow Hill, Jewellery Quarter, The Hawthorns, Smethwick Galton Bridge, Rowley Regis, Cradley Heath, Stourbridge Junction, Hagley (Dorridge-bound only), Kidderminster, Hartlebury, Droitwich Spa
Whitlocks End to Worcester Shrub Hill or Worcester Foregate Street[a] 1 Shirley, Yardley Wood, Hall Green, Spring Road, Tyseley (Worcester-bound only), Small Heath (Worcester-bound only), Bordesley (limited service), Birmingham Moor Street, Birmingham Snow Hill, Jewellery Quarter, The Hawthorns, Smethwick Galton Bridge, Rowley Regis, Cradley Heath, Stourbridge Junction, Hagley (Worcester-bound only), Kidderminster, Droitwich Spa
Whitlocks End to Kidderminster 1 Shirley, Yardley Wood, Hall Green, Spring Road, Tyseley (Whitlocks End-bound only), Small Heath (Whitlocks End-bound only), Birmingham Moor Street, Birmingham Snow Hill, Jewellery Quarter, The Hawthorns, Smethwick Galton Bridge, Rowley Regis, Cradley Heath, Stourbridge Junction, Hagley, Blakedown
Stratford-upon-Avon to Stourbridge Junction via Whitlocks End 1 Stratford-upon-Avon Parkway, Wilmcote, Wootton Wawen,[b] Henley-in-Arden, Danzey,[b] Wood End,[b] The Lakes,[b] Earlswood, Wythall, Whitlocks End, Shirley, Yardley Wood, Hall Green, Spring Road, Birmingham Moor Street, Birmingham Snow Hill, Jewellery Quarter, The Hawthorns, Smethwick Galton Bridge, Langley Green, Rowley Regis, Old Hill, Cradley Heath, Lye
Branch lines
Route tph Calling at Stock
Stourbridge Junction to Stourbridge Town 6 shuttle service 139
Leamington Spa to Nuneaton 1 Kenilworth, Coventry, Coventry Arena, Bedworth, Bermuda Park 172
  1. ^ a b There is no regular off-peak pattern for how Worcester is served. Some services start/terminate at Shrub Hill; some do so at Foregate Street; some trains serve both stations by running to/from Foregate Street via Shrub Hill, where trains reverse before continuing.
  2. ^ a b c d Request stop

Future[edit]

Map of the Birmingham & the West Midlands rail network (2017)

Future changes include:[12]

  • extension of the Birmingham to Wolverhampton service to Crewe via Stoke-on-Trent. This will replace the London Euston to Crewe service via Stoke-on-Trent that will operate directly from Stafford to Crewe via the West Coast Main Line.[23] The change of this service has angered councillors in Staffordshire as to the loss of the direct service (although Virgin Trains West Coast will continue to operate a London-bound service through Stoke-on-Trent). The change of service is necessitated by West Midlands Trains increasing the number of carriages up to twelve in peak hours, which makes stopping at Alsager, Stone and Kidsgrove impossible due to their platform lengths being unable to take 12-car trains.[24] West Midlands Rail have since stated these stations will retain a direct service to London taking a slower route via Birmingham and Northampton.[25]
  • reintroduction of calls at Barlaston and therefore closure of Wedgwood. This will mean the end of the long-standing Rail Replacement Bus service.[26] From 10 December 2017, the Stafford – Stoke-on-Trent Rail Replacement Bus was cut back to run only between Stoke-on-Trent & Norton Bridge, via Wedgwood, Barlaston and Stone.

Rolling stock[edit]

WMT inherited a fleet of Class 139, 150, 153, 170, 172, 319, 323 and 350 units from London Midland, but as the newer units come on stream, some will be returned to the leasing companies that own them.[27][28]

Current fleet[edit]

Class 139 Parry People Movers[edit]

The concept of using the lightweight railcar dates from 2006, when a year-long pilot scheme began on the Stourbridge Town branch line on Sundays, using a Parry People Movers PPM50 unit constructed in 2002 and numbered as 999900 under TOPS.[29] The success of this trial led to the provision of regular services using the technology in the franchise plans for the new West Midlands Franchise. Following the award of the franchise to London Midland, they placed an order for two PPM60 units with Parry People Movers, through Porterbrook, with the service itself operated for them by Pre Metro Operations.[30]

These two units are 139 001 and 139 002, composed of vehicle numbers 39001 and 39002 in the British carriage and wagon numbering and classification system. The vehicles are mechanically similar to 999 900, but are approximately one metre longer. They were intended to start operating on the Stourbridge Town branch in 2008. In January 2009 it was confirmed that 139001 was still undergoing testing at Chasewater Railway and 139002 was still not completed.

Despite the difficulties in the commissioning of the two Class 139 units, London Midland consistently outlined its faith that they would be ready to enter service. In March 2009, it was announced that the first unit had received its passenger certification from Network Rail, allowing it to carry passengers. London Midland stated that they would begin a phased entry into service, starting with weekend operation in April, leading up to a full service by the timetable change in May 2009. Until then, London Midland temporarily returned a Class 153 to operating the branch service. 139 002 officially entered service on 29 March 2009 as part of the type's phased entry. This unit had previously worked in full service, including all-day on Monday 11 May 2009 and previously had worked all morning services during February/March 2009. In May 2009 the first unit, 139 001 was finally delivered to Stourbridge, with 999 900 removed at the same time.[31] Test unit 999 900 had been on the branch line between 2005–2009. At the point of introduction, they displaced a single Class 153 DMU that was previously allocated to the branch line. By December 2009, the 200,000th passenger had been carried by the railcars.

Class 153,170,172 DMUs[edit]

The Class 153 and Class 170s will be withdrawn and replaced by 2020 after the Class 196's arrival. The Class 170 will be transferred to East Midlands Railway.

West Midlands Trains operate a total of 35 two-car and three-car Class 172 units, ordered by predecessor London Midland, originally planning for them to enter service by the end of 2010 on services to and from Birmingham Snow Hill, again replacing Class 150s. The West Midlands Trains sets have revised front ends with end gangways which make the trains look like the Electrostar family of units.

From 1 September 2011, the Class 172s started operating on the Snow Hill Lines with some weekend work from Birmingham - Hereford. When first used in service, the units suffered a fault with engine vibration in the passenger cabin, which has since been rectified.

The units were originally meant to replace all of the Class 150s, however three were retained until 2019 and moved on to Northern after Class 172/0 and Class 230 entered service. They are scheduled to be replaced by Class 153s, the Class 150s will then go to Northern. Between late 2018 and early 2019 West Midlands Railway, operated by West Midlands Trains, inherited the London Overground 172/0s to replace the remaining Class 150s and Class 153s operating on the Coventry–Leamington line, the Coventry to Nuneaton line and Birmingham- Hereford.

Class 172/0 Turbostar[edit]

In March 2019 West Midlands Railway acquired 8 172s from London Overground to the 27 it previously had. All entered service in May 2019.

Class 230 D-Train[edit]

West Midlands Trains are also the first operator of the Class 230, a new class of diesel electric multiple unit that are upcycled London Underground D78 Stock. WMT placed an order for three two-car units, which entered service in April 2019 on The Marston Vale Line.[32]

Class 319, 323, 350 EMUs[edit]

The Class 319, 323 and 350/2 will be replaced after Class 350/4 from TransPennine Express and Class 730's arrival.

The 26 Class 323 units will be transferred to Northern to work with the existing 323 units already in service with them.[33]

Trainset Class Image Type Top Speed Carriages Number Routes Operated Built
mph km/h
Shunting locomotive
08[citation needed] Shunter 15 24 N/A 2 Stock movements 1952–62
West Midlands Railway
Parry People Mover 139 Parry People Mover 139 002 leaving Stourbridge Town Railway Station - geograph.org.uk - 1376879.jpg Railcar 40 64 1 2 2009
Super Sprinter 153 Leamington Spa - WMR 153364 Coventry service.JPG DMU 75 121 8 1987–88
Turbostar 170/5 & 170/6 Hereford - WMT 170510 on the way to Birmingham New Street.JPG 100 161 2 17 1999–2000
3 6
172/0, 172/2 & 172/3 WMR Class172 at Nuneaton, 6.19.jpg
Stratford upon Avon Turbostar (32051218187 6b72b7663f).jpg
2 20 2010-2011
3 15
323 Wolverhampton - WMT 323201 Walsall service.JPG EMU 90 145 3 26

These units will be returned to the leasing company once TransPennine Express' Class 350/4 and the new 730 units arrive. All 26 will be transferred to Northern.

1992–93
London Northwestern Railway
D-Train 230/0[34] Class230 Bletchley.jpg DMU 60 97 2 3 2018–[nb 1]
319/0, 319/2 & 319/4 Euston - WMT 319216 (London Midland livery).JPG EMU 100 161 4 15 1987–88
Desiro 350/1, 350/2, 350/3 & 350/4 350, Northants Loop, Apr19.jpg
350232 at Watford Junction.jpg
350373 in LNWR livery.jpg
EMU 110 177 4 77[35]

West Coast Main Line services:

2004–14

Future fleet[edit]

West Midlands Trains has ordered 26 brand new CAF Civity diesel multiple units (80 carriages) and 81 electric multiple units based on Bombardier Transportation's Aventra platform (333 carriages), giving a total of 107 brand new trains for the operator.[38] All of the new trains are set to be delivered to West Midlands Trains between 2020 and 2021.

In October 2017, details were announced of the planned new rolling stock for West Midlands Trains.[28][39][40]

Cascades and Refurbishments[edit]

Class 350/4 Desiro[edit]

The ten Class 350/4 units currently operated by TransPennine Express are also set to join the fleet. This will cascade as a result of the introduction of Class 397s on the Manchester Airport–Edinburgh/Glasgow route.

New rolling stock orders[edit]

For the longer term fleet replacement, West Midlands Trains has ordered 26 brand new CAF Civity diesel multiple units (80 carriages) and 81 electric multiple units based on Bombardier Transportation's Aventra platform (333 carriages), giving a total of 107 brand new trains for the operator.

Class 196 Civity[edit]

West Midlands Trains plan to replace their fleet of 23 Class 170/5 & 170/6 Turbostar and the 8 Class 153 units, which operate on West Midlands Railway services, with 26 Class 196 units. The Class 153 units will be returned off-lease and the Class 170 units will move to East Midlands Railway.[41]

Class 730 Aventra[edit]

In October 2017, West Midlands Trains was awarded the franchise to operate both local rail services around Birmingham and the West Midlands, suburban services to London Euston, and long-distance inter-urban services operating from both Euston and Birmingham New Street.[42] At the time the franchise was awarded, the company announced that it would procure more than 100 new trains that would be used to displace older rolling stock and enhance its fleet. Of these, a total of 81 EMUs were to be obtained from Bombardier Transportation from its Aventra product range.[43] They will be built at Derby Litchurch Lane Works.[44]

Trainset Class Image Type Top Speed Carriages Number Route(s) to be operated Built In service
mph km/h
Diesel multiple units
Civity 196/0 & 196/2 DMU 100 160 2 12

Stratford upon Avon-Birmingham
Birmingham-Shrewsbury
Birmingham–Hereford
Shrewsbury-Walsall via Birmingham New Street

2019–20 2020
4 14
Electric multiple units
Desiro 350/4 TransPennine Express 350402 at Glasgow Central.jpg EMU 110 180 4 10 West Coast Main Line services: 2013–14 2019
TransPennine Express Class 350 Diagram.png
Aventra 730/0, 730/1 &
730/2
EMU 90 145 3 36 Redditch–Lichfield Trent Valley (WMR)[45]
Bromsgrove–Lichfield Trent Valley (WMR)[45]

TBC 2020–21
110 180 5 29 Electrified LNWR suburban services[46]
16 Long distance LNWR services[46]

Past fleet[edit]

Former units operated by West Midlands Trains include:

 Trainset   Class   Image   Type   Carriages   Number   Built   Notes   Withdrawn  Lines served 
Sprinter 150/1 Hereford - WMT 150109 (London Midland livery).JPG DMU 2 3[47] 1984-1987 Transferred to Northern,

meaning that Northern

now have all 50 Class 150/1s.

2019

See also[edit]

  • Central Trains – Former West Midlands franchise operator (1997-2007).
  • London Midland – Former West Midlands franchise operator (2007-2017).

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ London Underground stock was initially built between 1979 and 1983

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Preceded by
London Midland
West Midlands franchise
Operator of West Midlands franchise
2017–2026
Succeeded by
incumbent