“All of these contracts were awarded by Conservative ministers. Everyone hangs by a thread, loses money and offers a bad service. All are Indénais with considerable costs to taxpayers and passengers… Conservative ministers must be clean and honest about these failed railway contracts and stop aiding and running. “Therefore, I will keep WMT very real with the risk of losing the franchise. The tender was launched in August 2016 In August 2017, the West Midlands Trains consortium took over the franchise and took over from London Midland on 10 December 2017.   The franchise is expected to run until March 2026.   We are partners with the West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE), a partnership of 16 local transport authorities in the Metropolitan District, Shire and Unitary, which has taken on more influence and control over local rail transport in a fully decentralised franchise that began in December 2017. The decentralisation of the railways gives control over the specifications, the management and, in some cases, the acquisition of certain railway franchises to local authorities. This model has been used successfully in other parts of the UK in Scotland, Wales, Merseyside and London. Trains operating only in the West Midlands are jointly operated by the Department for Transport (DfT) and the WMR. Redacted version of the emergency measures agreement, due to the pandemic covid-19, published. West Midlands Trains Ltd (a joint venture between Abellio, East Japan Railway Company and Mitsui – Co Ltd) is the company that operates the region`s passenger transport under the new franchise.
Local rail links are operationally known as the West Midlands Railway. London Northwestern operates the West Coast Main Line between London and Liverpool, crossing the West Midlands. The franchise is ongoing until March 2026. However, Mr Street insisted that the company that operates trains across the Black Country, Birmingham and Shropshire would remain “under strict control” and warned that the risk of a franchise would remain. WMT services are divided into two companies operating under two separate sub-benchmarks. Rail traffic on the West Coast Main Line, including trains to London Euston, Liverpool Lime Street and Crewe, operates under the London Northwestern Railway brand. This name was chosen as a tribute to the former London- North Western Railway (LNWR), which operated traffic between 1846 and 1922. Train branding and associated advertising use a green colour scheme with a logo consisting of the letters L, N and W.   The agreement on temporary emergency measures was reached in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). The rail franchise crisis is intensifying and West Midlands trains join the list of abrupt contracts if in doubt.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson also confirmed that contingency plans will be drawn up to replace the North. In April 2016, the Department for Transport (DfT) announced the shortlist of bidders for the West Midlands franchise, which includes the historic operator Govia, LA MTR Corporation and West Midlands Trains: a consortium consisting of Abellio (70%), JR East (15%) Mitsui (15%).    In July 2016, MTR Corporation withdrew from the tendering process.   He said, “I know very well what to do. We need a simplified, responsible and affordable rail system. The key is the standardization of rail activities and public infrastructure.