Railways: West Midlands

Department for Transport written question – answered on 30th January 2020.

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Photo of Suzanne Webb Suzanne Webb Conservative, Stourbridge

What steps his Department is taking to improve rail services in the West Midlands.

Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris Minister of State (Department for Transport)

Major investment is planned to improve rail services throughout the region. In the West Midlands, £700m is being invested in a fleet of 180 new carriages which will deliver 20,000 more peak hour seats into Birmingham over the next two years,

The East Midlands will benefit from our £1.5bn upgrade of the Midland Mainline, with faster peak time journeys to London from this December and a brand-new fleet of bi-mode trains entering service from 2022.

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