Good news for rail users.
The Abellio, East Japan Railway Co and Mitsui joint venture which was awarded the franchise in August to operate the West Midlands rail service has announced plans for a £680 million investment.
This investment is for new, part Midlands built, Trains. As part of the bid the new WMTrains promised investment and is now holding true to that promise.
It has selected Bombardier Trains and Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) to manufacture 107 new trains for the new franchise.
These trains will be made up of 413 carriages. There are also hundreds of millions more promised in investment over the coming years.
Bombardier will produce 333 electric carriages for metro services and long distance routes. They will be built at Bombardier’s facility in Derby, helping to secure manufacturing jobs.
CAF will produce 80 diesel carriages which will provide dedicated services for journeys to the towns and cities around Birmingham.
The investment in our railways is well received.