The Department has consulted on both the West Midlands Rail Franchise (WM) and Intercity West Coast Rail Franchise (ICWC), which operate on the Coventry to London line. ICWC services will form part of the new West Coast Partnership Rail Franchise (WCP). Responses to the consultations from both stakeholders and the public highlighted mobile connectivity as an important area for improvement. These responses informed the specification for WM franchise, which commenced on 10 December 2017, and the WCP franchise, which is due to begin in early 2019. As part of both new franchises there will be improvements to mobile connectivity and for WCP the winning bidder will be required to provide a report to the Secretary of State on the signal strength and capacity of the route.