New West Midlands trains two years late

Rail

Peter Plisner
14 February 2022
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Over 100 new trains destined for the West Midlands and London routes will now enter service around two years late, it has emerged. It had been hoped that all the new carriages would be in passenger service by now. West Midlands Trains (WMT) is blaming the Covid-19 pandemic for the delays.

WMT, run by Dutch rail operator Abellio, took over the franchise in 2017, from Go Ahead Group, and quickly placed orders for diesel (DMUs) Class 196 with Spanish train maker CAF, while a contract for electric...

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