Lichfield passengers promised extra services and free Wi-Fi as London Midland agrees new deal

Lichfield train passengers are set to see extra services as part of a £13million package of improvements.

Lichfield Trent Valley. Pic: Rob Newman

Lichfield Trent Valley station. Pic: Rob Newman and
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The Department for Transport confirmed that commuters to London will also be able to access free Wi-Fi on West Coast Main Line services and better ticketing as part of the agreement with train operator London Midland to continue to run services until October 2017.

Earlier Sunday services into Birmingham city centre have also been promised.

Rail Minister Claire Perry said: “We have already delivered significant improvements in the West Midlands and surrounding areas – including investing more than £60 million in a fleet of brand new trains, and the massive £750million redevelopment of Birmingham New Street station which was completed earlier this year.

“Today’s contract with London Midland builds on this work, and will not only ensure that customers continue to benefit from better journeys, but also support long-term economic growth in the region and beyond.”

London Midland will also install CCTV on cross-city services as part of the agreement.

But the train operator has been warned it will need to meet new targets for punctuality and cleanliness.

The company’s managing director Patric Verwer said: Over the last two years we have significantly improved performance – cutting both delays and cancellations.

“Twelve months ago we delivered a further £60 million investment in 10 brand new trains. Last year we also introduced a new timetable, offering more seats and services than ever before into and out of major towns and cities and cut our Birmingham to London fares by up to 40%.

“This new deal offers some very exciting opportunities and will bring benefits touching every element of our passengers’ journeys.

“It will enable us to continue delivering improvements for our customers and, as before, we remain committed to listening to our passengers and working with our stakeholders, communities and local elected representatives to make further improvements in the months ahead.”

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1 Comment

  1. Toast of Lichfield

    3rd December, 2015 at 9:52 am

    “The company’s managing director Patric Verwer said: Over the last two years we have significantly improved performance – cutting both delays and cancellations.”

    *falls over in a fit of laughter and tears*