A new era of rail travel offering passengers more frequent services, better trains and extra seats was ushered in today (Monday December 11) as management of the West Midlands network was put into local hands.
A new franchise, managed jointly by a consortium of local councils and the government, got underway bringing a near £1 billion investment into the local network over the next eight years.
The new franchise, which runs until March 2026, will see more services and more space for passengers while stimulating and supporting further economic growth and jobs across the region.
... but they don't. The trains are still run by the franchisee under the tight control of DaFT, the Department for Transport.