£1bn regional rail investment launched
The rail franchise that will cover the West Midlands until at least 2026 brushed off the snow to launch its £1bn investment plans.
West Midlands Trains' spending will include £680m on new and refurbished trains, £70m on depots to improve reliability and £60m on stations.
The franchise was awarded in August and began operating on Sunday. It was the first time the West Midlands Combined Authority was able to influence the requirements for the operator during the two-year tender process.
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