A map of the London Midland
London Midland Express route map
London Midland is a train operating company in the
London Midland City route map
Legally named London and Birmingham Railway
Ltd., it is a subsidiary of Govia
, and has
operated the West Midlands Franchise since 11 November 2007.
services operate primarily on the West Coast Main Line from London Euston and in the West
Midlands region, replacing previous operators Central Trains and Silverlink (both subsidiaries of the National Express Group).
London Midland's services are divided between two sub-brands,
London Midland Express
and London Midland
London Midland Express
sub-brand is used primarily for semi-fast services on the West Coast Main
The main service pattern is as
- Birmingham New Street – Liverpool Lime Street. Every half hour, calling at either
Smethwick Galton Bridge or Coseley (alternating to give each an
hourly express service), Wolverhampton, Penkridge (hourly service),
Stafford, Crewe, Winsford (hourly/two hourly service), Hartford,
(hourly service, although service improves in the morning and
evening peak), Runcorn and Liverpool South Parkway. Journey times
vary between approx 1½ hours and 1¾ hours.
- London Euston - Birmingham New Street. Every half hour to Northampton, calling at
Watford Junction (hourly), Hemel Hempstead (hourly), Berkhamsted
(hourly), Leighton Buzzard, Bletchley, Milton Keynes Central and
Wolverton, with hourly extensions to Birmingham New Street,
additionally calling at Long Buckby, Rugby, Coventry, Canley, Tile
Hill, Berkswell, Birmingham International and Marston Green.
Journey times are about an hour longer than Virgin trains'
- London Euston - Milton Keynes. Every 20 minutes to Tring, calling at
Harrow & Wealdstone, Bushey, Watford Junction, Kings Langley,
Apsley, Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted, with hourly extensions to
Milton Keynes which call at Watford Junction, Hemel Hempstead,
Berkhamsted, Tring, Cheddington, Leighton Buzzard and Bletchley.
This service is complemented by an hourly Southern train service between Harrow &
Wealdstone and Milton Keynes. At peak times, a new "Watford
Shuttle" service has been introduced to take the pressure off other
services. Calling at Harrow &
Wealdstone and Bushey.
- London Euston - Crewe. Hourly, off peak, calling at Watford
Junction, Milton Keynes Central, Northampton, Rugby, Nuneaton,
Atherstone, Tamworth, Lichﬁeld Trent Valley, Rugeley Trent Valley,
Stafford, Stone, Stoke-on-Trent, Kidsgrove and Alsager. This
semi-fast service replaced the old Virgin
Trains service from December 2008. This coincided with the
number of Virgin Trains off peak services calling at stations on
the Trent Valley Line (and other
parts of the WCML) being reduced. This again was controversial, as
smaller towns have in effect been cut off from the Intercity rail
network. This service takes longer than Virgin services did/do.
During peak times, Virgin stops certain trains at one or two of the
more major stations, so there is no peak service between the
The brand is also used for two branches off the WCML:
It is a
requirement of the franchise that Transport for London's Oyster Cards can be used on trains between
London and Watford Junction.
In the past, TfL have expressed interest in
taking over the St Albans branch, and installing Oyster Card
readers on the stations along it; however this route was included
within the London Midland franchise.
London Midland City
A London Midland City Class 153
153371 departs Bedford, with a service bound for
This sub-brand is used for local and commuter
around the Birmingham / Coventry Area, sponsored by
Network West Midlands
were previously run by Central
. These services are:
- Birmingham New Street – Northampton. Hourly. Semi fast. Run together with the
hourly Birmingham to London serivce.
- Birmingham New Street – Wolverhampton. Half hourly, all stops.
- Lichfield – Birmingham New Street - Redditch (the Cross-City
Line). Every ten minutes between Longbridge and Four
Oaks, all stops, with half hourly extensions to the termini.
- Birmingham New Street - Walsall - Rugeley (the Chase Line).
Every 15 minutes, with half hourly extensions to Rugeley.
- Birmingham New Street – Shrewsbury. Hourly, all stops beyond Wolverhampton,
complemented by Arriva Trains Wales' fast services to give a half
hourly service at major stations.
- Birmingham New Street – Hereford via Bromsgrove. Hourly off peak, half hourly peak.
- Worcester - Birmingham Snow Hill – Leamington Spa / Stratford-upon-Avon (the Snow Hill
Lines). Every ten minutes between Stourbridge Junction
and Birmingham Moor Street, various extensions and patterns.
Junction – Stourbridge Town (the Stourbridge
Branch Line). Every ten minutes.
- Coventry – Nuneaton. Hourly.
- Worcester - Gloucester. Every two hours, complementing the First
Great Western Service to give an hourly service overall, off peak.
London Midland operate several "limited stop" stations, where only
a handful of trains a day stop:
These include :
December 2008, London Midland discontinued the direct service
between Walsall and Wolverhampton.
Usage on the route was low, but growing,
and a campaign existed to keep the service. The service was a
priced option with the new West Midlands Franchise, but the
for Transport decided not to provide funding from December 2008,
and as a result the service ceased.
London Midland advised
that passengers should use a Travel
bus to make the journey. The rolling stock was
re-allocated to run the new Worcester to Gloucester service.
The most recent performance figures for London Midland to be
released by the ORR
the first quarter of the financial year 2009/10 are 89.4% Public Performance Measure
MAA up to 30 June 2009 was 86.5%. These figures are very similar to
the same period last year.
London Midland’s fleet is currently composed of rolling stock
inherited from Silverlink and Central Trains. They have finished
refurbishing the existing Class
, Class 170
and Class 323
trains. They also intend to use automatic load-monitoring systems
to measure how heavily their services are used, for the purpose of
of the 37 new Desiro units arrived in the UK in early October for testing at the Siemens Northampton depot.
As of July 2009, they are all in
Midland are to retain seven Class
321 EMU trains and these will feature on both the 'Abbey Flyer' Watford Junction - St. Albans Abbey branch line and
Peak Hour Express services between Northampton-London
The two Class 139
were due to enter service on the Stourbridge line with the start of
the new timetable on 15 December 2008. However, delays in testing
the units caused a delay in their introduction, with a replacement
bus covering the route following the reallocation of the Class 153
originally used.. The two
railcars finally entered full passenger service in June 2009
As part of its franchise agreement, London Midland is committed to
a major programme of new rolling stock. London Midland have ordered
fifteen 3-car and twelve 2-car Class 172 Turbostar
ordered from Bombardier
, to replaced their Class 150s. Under the
government's rolling stock plan, the Class 150s will be cascaded to
other TOCs. (most likely Northern, East Midlands Trains and/or
First Great Western)
- WebCHeck - Select and Access Company
- VT's timetables
- VT's timetables
- alwaystouchout.com - London Rail Authority
- London Midland's route map and timetables
- Delay to new Class 139 Parry People Mover
service - London Midland press release, 05/12/08
- THE FLEET’S IN! - Parry People Movers, July 2009