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New timetable starts today - new trains, new services and more seats from London Midland

Press Release   •   Dec 14, 2014 10:02 GMT

London Midland’s new timetable will see new trains, new services and more seats being introduced across its network from today (Sunday, 14 December, 2014).

Ten extra four-car trains mean passengers will benefit from 139,000 additional seats every week. This includes 64,000 extra seats in and out of London Euston and 75,000 extra seats in and out of Birmingham New Street.

New timetables come into effect across Britain’s railways from today. London Midland passengers will see major improvements across the network. £62 million worth of new trains will significantly increase capacity and help the operator introduce new and faster services. Since 2007 the company has seen demand for its services grow by a third.

London commuters along the line between Euston and Northampton will benefit from a mixture of new trains, extra seats and or faster services. ‘Expressing’ some trains to Milton Keynes and Northampton will also take pressure of local services to stations including Watford, Hemel Hempstead, Tring and Leighton Buzzard as longer distance passengers will choose the faster options.

Each of these stations will see a substantial increase in seat availability ranging from 10,000 per week at Tring to 62,000 at Watford Junction.

In the West Midlands the Cross City line will see one of the biggest improvements with the Redditch to Birmingham service increasing from two to three trains per hour. The most frequent service in Redditch’s history. There will also be extra seats at stations along the line up to Lichfield.

London Midland is also increasing the number of services from Birmingham and Coventry to London. This means there will be an extra 18,000 seats on this route to and from the capital each week.

Rugby rail users will benefit from 20,000 extra seats to and from London with new trains and more fast services. There will also be an extra 30,000 seats to and from Birmingham.

Crewe and Stoke-on-Trent passengers will benefit from new trains with 3,000 extra seats to and from the capital each week. There will also be additional fast services on this route on Saturday mornings to meet the growing demand for leisure journeys.

Stafford gains an extra 4,000 seats to and from London each week along with new trains, extra services and faster journeys.

Passengers at Rugeley, Lichfield, Tamworth, Atherstone and Nuneaton all benefit from 2,000 additional seats with more fast services and new trains.

The new trains have been made possible following £62 million of government investment. Rail Minister Claire Perry said: “We are absolutely committed to building a world-class rail network that provides more seats, more services and better journeys. I am delighted that London Midland’s passengers across the network are seeing the benefit of our investment.

“This is just one way in which we’re transforming the rail network. Over the next five years, more than £38bn will be spent on improving and maintaining our railways, providing improved journeys for passengers across the UK.”

London Midland managing director, Patrick Verwer said “With more people travelling with us each year our passengers are telling us they want more services, quicker journeys and more seats. We have listened and taken the opportunity with our new trains to make as many improvements for as many passengers as we can. With £62 million invested in new trains, this is the biggest change to our timetable in six years.”

For more details on local services go to


Notes to Editors

Since October 2014 London Midland has been introducing a brand new fleet of Class 350/3 Desiro trains into service, thanks to £62 million investment. These 40 new carriages have first and standard class seating and plugs have been fitted throughout.

While the train company has been adding carriages to some services early, the new timetable allows London Midland to fully utilise its new 110mph fleet, making changes right across the network. This includes providing:

  •   139,000 extra seats every week across our network
  •   Fast departures between Northampton / Milton Keynes and London at peak times
  •   More fast trains between Crewe and London
  •   More direct trains between Birmingham New St / International / Coventry / Rugby / Northampton / London at peak times
  •   Improved frequency between Redditch / Alvechurch / Barnt Green / Birmingham

How many extra seats from my local station into London?

We’ll London Midland will be providing a lot more seats every week, focussing on the busiest peak times Monday to Friday and at weekends in and out of London & Birmingham.

trains   to / from 
every   weekevery   weekendevery   weekday   AM   peak to London &   PM   peak from London
London   Euston64,00014,8183,458
Milton   Keynes43,00015,2183,090
Leighton   Buzzard23,00010,780140
Hemel   Hempstead41,0009,368276
Watford   Junction62,00029,843660   (AM only)
Birmingham   New St18,0004,5301,190
Birmingham   International, Coventry18,0004,2601,190
Rugeley   TV, Lichfield TV, Tamworth, Nuneaton2,000530380

Customers are very likely to migrate onto the new faster London Euston departures, so that stopper-trains calling at Watford Junction and Tring in the peak will be less busy than normal.

What extra services are there from my local station?

Northampton - weekdays

  •   New,fast, non-stop morning trains to London (departing 0716, 0742)
  •   Quicker and later fast evening trains from London (departing 1716, 1813 fast, 1849 fast, 1852)
  •   New morning train to Birmingham (departing 0737)

Milton Keynes

  •   New, fast weekday evening trains (non-stop) from London (departing 1713, 1746, 1813, 1849)
  •   New, fast morning Saturday trains to London (departing 0805, 0925)

Leighton Buzzard - weekdays

  •   Faster evening trains from London (departing 1713, 1816, 1749, 1852)


  •   More weekday morning trains to London (departing 0659, 0712)
  •   Quicker and later weekday trains from London (departing 1746, 1849, 1852)
  •   New fast Saturday morning trains to London (departing 0743, 0903)
  •   New morning weekday train to Birmingham (departing 0759)
  •   New evening weekday train to Birmingham (departing 1901)

Birmingham New Street, Birmingham International, Coventry - weekdays

  •   More direct trains to London (arriving 0828, 0839, 2027, 2129)
  •   More direct trains from London (departing 1724, 1816)

Crewe, Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford, Lichfield TV, Tamworth, Atherstone, Nuneaton

  •   Faster weekday evening trains from London (departing 1746, 1849,)

  New fast morning Saturday arrivals into London (arriving 0840, 1000)

Cross City South: Redditch, Alvechurch, Barnt Green

  •   Extra train an hour to & from Birmingham on weekdays (new frequency: every 20 minutes)

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Since 2007, London Midland has been providing train services to and from London in the south, to Birmingham in the Midlands and Liverpool in the north-west.  Over 60 million passenger journeys a year are made using on the network and London Midland manage 148 stations and operate
over 1,300 services a day.

London Midland is owned by Govia, the partnership between the Go-Ahead Group and Keolis. Govia
is the UK’s busiest rail operator, responsible for nearly 30 per cent of UK passenger rail journeys through its three rail companies, Southern (which includes Gatwick Express services), Southeastern and London Midland.  Further information on Govia is available at

London Midland has won a range of awards, including Best Local Transport Integration, four Rail Business Awards for marketing, public relations and customer information, five Golden Spanner Awards for Engineering, three IOIC awards for internal communication and three Railstaff Awards for Outstanding Customer Service, Lifesaving and Charity Work.

In 2013 London Midland was awarded the Investors in People (IiP) Silver Award and been awarded the 5 Star award by the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) in 2012.

For more information about London Midland please visit the London Midland website or the newsroom website.

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