West Midlands Trains

West Midlands Trains[2] (WMT) is a train operating company in the United Kingdom that operates passenger trains on the West Midlands franchise between London and stations in the English Midlands. It is owned by a consortium of three companies: Abellio, JR East and Mitsui.

West Midlands Trains took over the franchise on 10 December 2017 and operates trains under two brand names, London Northwestern Railway and West Midlands Railway.

West Midlands Trains
WestMidlandsTrains
350232 at Watford Junction
350232 in the transitional LNWR livery at Watford Junction
Overview
Franchise(s)West Midlands
10 December 2017 – March 2026
Main region(s)West Midlands
Greater London
Other region(s)North West
East Midlands
Fleet sizeWest Midlands Railway

London Northwestern Railway

Stations called at178
Stations operated146
Route km operated867.4
National Rail abbreviationLM[1]
Parent companyAbellio (70%)
JR East (15%)
Mitsui (15%)
Websitewww.wmtrains.co.uk

History

Lm passenger nos 2019
Passenger journeys on the West Midlands rail franchise from 2010-11 to 2018-19[3]

In April 2016, the Department for Transport (DfT) announced the shortlist of bidders for the West Midlands franchise, comprising the incumbent operator Govia, MTR Corporation, and West Midlands Trains: a consortium of Abellio (70%), JR East (15%) and Mitsui (15%).[4][5][6] In July 2016, MTR Corporation withdrew from the bidding process.[7][8]

The invitation to tender was issued in August 2016.[9] In August 2017, the West Midlands Trains consortium was awarded the franchise. It took over from London Midland on 10 December 2017.[10][11] The franchise is scheduled to run until March 2026.[12][13]

Management

Unlike the previous London Midland franchise, which was solely accountable to the DfT, West Midlands will also be accountable for services that operate wholly within the West Midlands region to West Midlands Rail Executive, a group of 16 local authorities.[14][15] However, the DfT will still need to approve any changes West Midlands Rail wish to make until the franchise is relet, by which time West Midlands Rail will award the future franchise for services wholly within the West Midlands region.

Branding

WMT services are split into two businesses which operate under two distinct sub-brands. Longer-distance train services running on the West Coast Main Line, including those running to/from London Euston, Liverpool Lime Street and Crewe operate under the London Northwestern Railway brand. This name was chosen in tribute to the former London & North Western Railway (LNWR), the company that operated services on the route between 1846 and 1922. Branding of trains and associated publicity use a green colour scheme with a logo composed of the letters L, N and W.[16][17]

Services running in Birmingham and the West Midlands region — previously operated by under the London Midland City brand — are operated by WMT under the West Midlands Railway brand. These services bear an orange and grey colour scheme and are branded with a hexagonal "WM" monogram. WMT have chosen to operate these services as a distinct business unit in order to facilitate a possible future devolution of these services from the national DfT to the West Midlands Combined Authority.[16]

Services

LondonNorthwestern
Class 350, LNW, Rugby
350 372 in the Full LNWR livery at Rugby, March 2019
Overview
National Rail abbreviationLN
Websitelondonnorthwesternrailway.co.uk

West Midlands Trains operate all train services previously run by London Midland. Trains operate under one of the company's two brand names depending on route.[18]

London Northwestern Railway

WMT's medium- and long-distance services along the West Coast main line rail corridor are operated under the London Northwestern Railway brand. These services include:[18]

  • suburban and regional services out of London Euston;
  • services between Birmingham and Liverpool;
  • services on rural lines that branch off the West Coast main line.

As of 19 May 2019, the typical off-peak weekday London Northwestern Railway service pattern, with frequencies in trains per hour (tph), include:[19]

London suburban routes
Route tph Calling at  Stock
London Euston to Tring 2 Wembley Central (1tph), Harrow & Wealdstone, Bushey, Watford Junction, Kings Langley, Apsley, Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted 319 or 350
London Euston to Milton Keynes Central 1 Watford Junction, Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted, Tring (London-bound only), Cheddington (London-bound only), Leighton Buzzard, Bletchley 319 or 350
Mainline (via Northampton and Birmingham New Street)
Route tph Calling at Service  Stock
London Euston to Birmingham New Street via Northampton 1 Watford Junction, Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted, Tring (Birmingham-bound only), Cheddington (Birmingham-bound only), Leighton Buzzard, Bletchley, Milton Keynes Central, Wolverton, Northampton, Long Buckby, Rugby, Coventry, Canley, Tile Hill, Berkswell, Hampton-in-Arden (Birmingham-bound only), Birmingham International, Marston Green
Trains continue beyond Birmingham New Street (see below).
I
350
1 Leighton Buzzard, Bletchley, Milton Keynes Central, Wolverton, Northampton, Long Buckby, Rugby, Coventry, Canley (London-bound only), Tile Hill, Berkswell (London-bound only), Hampton-in-Arden, Birmingham International, Marston Green, Lea Hall (London-bound only), Stechford (London-bound only)
Trains continue beyond Birmingham New Street (see below).
II
350
1 Watford Junction, Milton Keynes Central, Northampton, Long Buckby, Rugby, Coventry, Canley (Birmingham-bound only), Tile Hill, Berkswell (Birmingham-bound only), Hampton-in-Arden (London-bound only), Birmingham International, Marston Green, Lea Hall (Birmingham-bound only), Stechford (Birmingham-bound only)
Trains continue beyond Birmingham New Street (see below).
III
350
Birmingham International to Birmingham New Street 1 Lea Hall, Stechford, Adderley Park
Trains continue beyond Birmingham New Street (see below).
IV
350

Services running to/from Birmingham New Street are combined, which gives through services between London (as above) and Rugeley/Liverpool/Crewe (as below).

Birmingham New Street to Rugeley Trent Valley 1 Tame Bridge Parkway, Bescot Stadium, Walsall, Bloxwich, Bloxwich North, Landywood, Cannock, Hednesford, Rugeley Town
Trains continue beyond Birmingham New Street (see above).
A
350
1 Tame Bridge Parkway, Walsall, Bloxwich, Bloxwich North, Landywood, Cannock, Hednesford, Rugeley Town
Trains continue beyond Birmingham New Street (see above).
B
350
Birmingham New Street to Liverpool Lime Street 1 Smethwick Galton Bridge, Wolverhampton, Penkridge, Stafford, Crewe, Winsford (Liverpool-bound only), Hartford, Acton Bridge (limited service), Runcorn, Liverpool South Parkway
Trains continue beyond Birmingham New Street (see above).
C
350
1 Coseley, Wolverhampton, Penkridge, Stafford, Crewe, Winsford (Birmingham-bound only), Hartford, Acton Bridge (limited service), Runcorn, Liverpool South Parkway
Trains continue beyond Birmingham New Street (see above).
D
350
Birmingham New Street to Crewe via Stoke-on-Trent 1 Smethwick Galton Bridge, Wolverhampton, Stafford, Stone, Stoke-on-Trent, Kidsgrove, Alsager
Trains continue beyond Birmingham New Street (see above).
E
350
Mainline (Trent Valley)
Route tph Calling at Stock
London Euston to Crewe via Tamworth 1 Milton Keynes Central, Rugby, Nuneaton, Atherstone, Polesworth (limited service), Tamworth, Lichfield Trent Valley, Rugeley Trent Valley, Stafford 350
Branch lines
Route tph Calling at Stock
Watford Junction to St Albans Abbey Watford North, Garston, Bricket Wood, How Wood, Park Street
Irregular service; approximately every 45 minutes.
319
Bletchley to Bedford 1 Fenny Stratford, Bow Brickhill, Woburn Sands, Aspley Guise, Ridgmont, Lidlington, Millbrook, Stewartby, Kempston Hardwick, Bedford St Johns 230

West Midlands Railway

WestMidlandsRailway
Class 172 WMR, Moor Street, May19
Class 172 in West Midlands Railway livery at Birmingham Moor Street in 2019.
Overview
National Rail abbreviationWM
Websitewestmidlandsrailway.co.uk

In the West Midlands region, WMT's train services are operated under the West Midlands Railway brand. These services include:[18]

Services on the short Stourbridge Town branch line are run by the independent operator Pre Metro Operations, who operate services on behalf of WMT under the West Midlands Railway brand name.

As of 19 May 2018, the typical off-peak weekday West Midlands Railway services, with frequencies in trains per hour (tph), include:[20][21]

Birmingham regional
Route tph Calling at  Stock
Birmingham New Street to Shrewsbury 1 Wolverhampton, Codsall, Shifnal, Telford Central, Wellington 170
1 Sandwell & Dudley, Wolverhampton, Bilbrook, Codsall, Albrighton, Cosford, Shifnal, Telford Central, Oakengates, Wellington 170
Birmingham New Street to Hereford 1 University, Bromsgrove, Droitwich Spa, Worcester Foregate Street, Malvern Link, Great Malvern, Colwall, Ledbury 153
or 170
or 172
Cross City line
Route tph Calling at  Stock
Lichfield Trent Valley to Redditch 1 Lichfield City, Blake Street, Butlers Lane, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield, Wylde Green, Chester Road, Erdington, Gravelly Hill, Aston, Birmingham New Street, Five Ways, University, Selly Oak, Bournville, Kings Norton, Northfield, Longbridge, Barnt Green, Alvechurch 323
1 Lichfield City, Shenstone, Blake Street, Butlers Lane, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield, Wylde Green, Chester Road, Erdington, Gravelly Hill, Aston, Birmingham New Street, Five Ways, University, Selly Oak, Bournville, Kings Norton, Northfield, Longbridge, Barnt Green, Alvechurch 323
Four Oaks to Redditch 1 Sutton Coldfield, Wylde Green, Chester Road, Erdington, Gravelly Hill, Aston, Duddeston, Birmingham New Street, Five Ways, University, Selly Oak, Bournville, Kings Norton, Northfield, Longbridge, Barnt Green, Alvechurch 323
Lichfield Trent Valley to Bromsgrove 1 Lichfield City, Blake Street, Butlers Lane, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield, Wylde Green, Chester Road, Erdington, Gravelly Hill, Aston, Birmingham New Street, Five Ways, University, Selly Oak, Bournville, Kings Norton, Northfield, Longbridge, Barnt Green (Bromsgrove-bound only) 323
1 Lichfield City, Shenstone, Blake Street, Butlers Lane, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield, Wylde Green, Chester Road, Erdington, Gravelly Hill, Aston, Birmingham New Street, Five Ways, University, Selly Oak, Bournville, Kings Norton, Northfield, Longbridge, Barnt Green (Lichfield-bound only) 323
Four Oaks to Bromsgrove 1 Sutton Coldfield, Wylde Green, Chester Road, Erdington, Gravelly Hill, Aston, Duddeston, Birmingham New Street, Five Ways, University, Selly Oak, Bournville, Kings Norton, Northfield, Longbridge 323
Walsall line
Route tph Calling at Stock
Walsall to Wolverhampton via Aston 2 Bescot Stadium, Tame Bridge Parkway, Hamstead, Perry Barr, Witton, Aston, Duddeston, Birmingham New Street, Smethwick Rolfe Street, Smethwick Galton Bridge, Sandwell and Dudley, Dudley Port, Tipton, Coseley 323
or 350
Snow Hill lines
Route tph Calling at Stock
Stratford-upon-Avon to Stourbridge Junction via Dorridge 1 Stratford-upon-Avon Parkway, Dorridge, Widney Manor, Solihull, Olton, Acocks Green, Birmingham Moor Street, Birmingham Snow Hill, Jewellery Quarter, The Hawthorns, Smethwick Galton Bridge, Langley Green, Rowley Regis, Old Hill, Cradley Heath, Lye 153
or 170
or 172
Dorridge to Kidderminster 1 Widney Manor, Solihull, Olton, Acocks Green, Tyseley (Dorridge-bound only), Small Heath (Dorridge-bound only), Birmingham Moor Street, Birmingham Snow Hill, Jewellery Quarter, The Hawthorns, Smethwick Galton Bridge, Rowley Regis, Cradley Heath, Stourbridge Junction, Hagley, Blakedown 153
or 170
or 172
Dorridge to Worcester Shrub Hill or Worcester Foregate Street[a] 1 Widney Manor, Solihull, Olton, Acocks Green, Tyseley (Worcester-bound only), Small Heath (Worcester-bound only), Birmingham Moor Street, Birmingham Snow Hill, Jewellery Quarter, The Hawthorns, Smethwick Galton Bridge, Rowley Regis, Cradley Heath, Stourbridge Junction, Hagley (Dorridge-bound only), Kidderminster, Hartlebury, Droitwich Spa 153
or 170
or 172
Stratford-upon-Avon to Stourbridge Junction via Whitlocks End 1 Stratford-upon-Avon Parkway, Wilmcote, Wootton Wawen,[b] Henley-in-Arden, Danzey,[b] Wood End,[b] The Lakes,[b] Earlswood, Wythall, Whitlocks End, Shirley, Yardley Wood, Hall Green, Spring Road, Birmingham Moor Street, Birmingham Snow Hill, Jewellery Quarter, The Hawthorns, Smethwick Galton Bridge, Langley Green, Rowley Regis, Old Hill, Cradley Heath, Lye 153
or 170
or 172
Whitlocks End to Kidderminster 1 Shirley, Yardley Wood, Hall Green, Spring Road, Tyseley (Whitlocks End-bound only), Small Heath (Whitlocks End-bound only), Birmingham Moor Street, Birmingham Snow Hill, Jewellery Quarter, The Hawthorns, Smethwick Galton Bridge, Rowley Regis, Cradley Heath, Stourbridge Junction, Hagley, Blakedown 153
or 170
or 172
Whitlocks End to Worcester Shrub Hill or Worcester Foregate Street[a] 1 Shirley, Yardley Wood, Hall Green, Spring Road, Tyseley (Worcester-bound only), Small Heath (Worcester-bound only), Bordesley (limited service), Birmingham Moor Street, Birmingham Snow Hill, Jewellery Quarter, The Hawthorns, Smethwick Galton Bridge, Rowley Regis, Cradley Heath, Stourbridge Junction, Hagley (Worcester-bound only), Kidderminster, Droitwich Spa 153
or 170
or 172
Branch lines
Route tph Calling at Stock
Stourbridge Junction to Stourbridge Town 6 shuttle service 139
Leamington Spa to Nuneaton 1 Kenilworth, Coventry, Coventry Arena, Bedworth, Bermuda Park 172
  1. ^ a b There is no regular off-peak pattern for how Worcester is served. Some services start/terminate at Shrub Hill; some do so at Foregate Street; some trains serve both stations by running to/from Foregate Street via Shrub Hill, where trains reverse before continuing.
  2. ^ a b c d Request stop

Future

Birmingham & West Mids Passenger Railway Map
Map of the Birmingham & the West Midlands rail network (2017)

Future changes include:[12]

  • introduction of a half hourly service between Northampton and Crewe via Tamworth and Stafford.
  • extension of the Birmingham to Wolverhampton service to Crewe via Stoke-on-Trent. This will replace the London Euston to Crewe service via Stoke-on-Trent that will operate directly from Stafford to Crewe via the West Coast Main Line.[22] The change of this service has angered councillors in Staffordshire as to the loss of the direct service (although Virgin Trains West Coast will continue to operate a London-bound service through Stoke-on-Trent). The change of service is necessitated by West Midlands Trains increasing the number of carriages up to twelve in peak hours, which makes stopping at Alsager, Stone and Kidsgrove impossible due to their platform lengths being unable to take 12-car trains.[23] West Midlands Rail have since stated these stations will retain a direct service to London taking a slower route via Birmingham and Northampton.[24]
  • reintroduction of calls at Barlaston and therefore closure of Wedgwood. This will mean the end of the long-standing Rail Replacement Bus service.[25] From 10 December 2017, the Stafford – Stoke-on-Trent Rail Replacement Bus was cut back to run only between Stoke-on-Trent & Norton Bridge, via Wedgwood, Barlaston and Stone.

Rolling stock

WMT inherited a fleet of Class 139, 150, 153, 170, 172, 319, 323 and 350 units from London Midland, but as the newer units come on stream, some will be returned to the leasing companies that own them.[26][27]

Current fleet

The concept of using the lightweight railcar dates from 2006, when a year-long pilot scheme began on the Stourbridge Town branch line on Sundays, using a Parry People Movers PPM50 unit constructed in 2002 and numbered as 999900 under TOPS.[28] The success of this trial led to the provision of regular services using the technology in the franchise plans for the new West Midlands Franchise. Following the award of the franchise to London Midland, they placed an order for two PPM60 units with Parry People Movers, through Porterbrook, with the service itself operated for them by Pre Metro Operations.[29]

These two units are 139 001 and 139 002, composed of vehicle numbers 39001 and 39002 in the British carriage and wagon numbering and classification system. The vehicles are mechanically similar to 999 900, but are approximately one metre longer. They were intended to start operating on the Stourbridge Town branch in 2008. In January 2009 it was confirmed that 139001 was still undergoing testing at Chasewater Railway and 139002 was still not completed.

Despite the difficulties in the commissioning of the two Class 139 units, London Midland consistently outlined its faith that they would be ready to enter service. In March 2009, it was announced that the first unit had received its passenger certification from Network Rail, allowing it to carry passengers. London Midland stated that they would begin a phased entry into service, starting with weekend operation in April, leading up to a full service by the timetable change in May 2009. Until then, London Midland temporarily returned a Class 153 to operating the branch service. 139 002 officially entered service on 29 March 2009 as part of the type's phased entry. This unit had previously worked in full service, including all-day on Monday 11 May 2009 and previously had worked all morning services during February/March 2009. In May 2009 the first unit, 139 001 was finally delivered to Stourbridge, with 999 900 removed at the same time.[30] Test unit 999 900 had been on the branch line between 2005–2009. At the point of introduction, they displaced a single Class 153 DMU that was previously allocated to the branch line. By December 2009, the 200,000th passenger had been carried by the railcars.

The Class 153 and Class 170s will be withdrawn and replaced by 2020 after the Class 196's arrival.

West Midlands Trains operate a total of 35 two-car and three-car Class 172 units, ordered by predecessor London Midland, originally planning for them to enter service by the end of 2010 on services to and from Birmingham Snow Hill, again replacing Class 150s. The West Midlands Trains sets have revised front ends with end gangways which make the trains look like the Electrostar family of units.

From 1 September 2011, the Class 172s started operating on the Snow Hill Lines with some weekend work from Birmingham - Hereford. When first used in service, the units suffered a fault with engine vibration in the passenger cabin, which has since been rectified.

The units were originally meant to replace all of the Class 150s, however three were retained until 2019 and moved on to Northern after Class 172/0 and Class 230 entered service. They are scheduled to be replaced by Class 153s, the Class 150s will then go to Northern. Between late 2018 and early 2019 West Midlands Railway, operated by West Midlands Trains, inherited the London Overground 172/0s to replace the remaining Class 150s and Class 153s operating on the Coventry–Leamington line, the Coventry to Nuneaton line and Birmingham- Hereford.

In March 2019 West Midlands Railway added 8 172s acquired from London Overground to the 27 it previously had. All entered service in May 2019.

West Midlands Trains are also the first operator of the Class 230, a new class of diesel electric multiple unit that are upcycled London Underground D78 Stock. WMT placed an order for three two-car units, which are starting to be used on The Marston Vale Line.[31]

The Class 319, 323 and 350/2 will be replaced after Class 350/4 from Transpennine Express and Class 730's arrival.

17 of the 26 Class 323 units will be transferred to Northern to work with the existing 323 units already in service with them. [32]

Class Image Type Top Speed Carriages Number Routes Operated Built
mph km/h
West Midlands Railway
139 Parry People Mover Parry People Mover 139 002 leaving Stourbridge Town Railway Station - geograph.org.uk - 1376879 Railcar 40 64 1 2 2009
153 Super Sprinter 153371 Bedford DMU 75 121 8 1987–88
170/5 & 170/6 Turbostar Hereford - WMT 170510 on the way to Birmingham New Street 100 161 2 17 1999–2000
3 6
172/0, 172/2 & 172/3 Turbostar Worcester Shrub Hill - WMT 172334 launch livery 2 20 2010-2011
3 15
323 Wolverhampton - WMT 323201 Walsall service EMU 90 145 3 26


These units will be returned to the leasing company once TransPennine Express' Class 350/4 and the new 730 units arrive. 17 of these will be transferred to Northern.

1992–93
London Northwestern Railway
230/0 D-Train[33] Class230 Bletchley DMU 60 97 2 3 2018–[nb 1]
319/0, 319/2 & 319/4 319433 Watford Junction EMU 100 161 4 15 1987–88
350/1, 350/2 & 350/3 Desiro 350232 at Watford Junction EMU 110 177 4 77[34] 2004–14

Future fleet

West Midlands Trains has ordered 26 brand new CAF Civity diesel multiple units (80 carriages) and 81 electric multiple units based on Bombardier Transportation's Aventra platform (333 carriages), giving a total of 107 brand new trains for the operator.[35] All of the new trains are set to be delivered to West Midlands Trains between 2020 and 2021.

In October 2017, details were announced of the planned new rolling stock for West Midlands Trains.[36][27][37]

The ten Class 350/4 units currently operated by TransPennine Express are also set to join the fleet. This will cascade as a result of the introduction of Class 397s on the Manchester Airport–Edinburgh/Glasgow

For the longer term fleet replacement, West Midlands Trains has ordered 26 brand new CAF Civity diesel multiple units (80 carriages) and 81 electric multiple units based on Bombardier Transportation's Aventra platform (333 carriages), giving a total of 107 brand new trains for the operator.

West Midlands Trains plan to replace their fleet of 23 Class 170/5 & 170/6 Turbostar and the 8 Class 153 units, which operate on West Midlands Railway services, with 26 Class 196 units. The Class 153 and class 170 units will be off-leased.[38]

In October 2017, West Midlands Trains was awarded the franchise to operate both local rail services around Birmingham and the West Midlands, suburban services to London Euston, and long-distance inter-urban services operating from both Euston and Birmingham New Street.[39] At the time the franchise was awarded, the company announced that it would procure more than 100 new trains that would be used to displace older rolling stock and enhance its fleet. Of these, a total of 81 EMUs were to be obtained from Bombardier Transportation from its Aventra product range.[40] They will be built at Derby Litchurch Lane Works.[41]

Class Image Type Top Speed Carriages Number Route(s) to be operated Built In service
mph km/h
Diesel multiple units
196/0 & 196/2 Civity DMU 100 160 2 12

Stratford upon Avon-Birmingham
Birmingham-Shrewsbury
Birmingham–Hereford
Shrewsbury-Walsall via Birmingham New Street

2019–20 2020
4 14
Electric multiple units
350/4 Desiro TransPennine Express 350402 at Glasgow Central EMU 110 180 4 10 LNWR West Coast Main Line services
Wolverhampton–Walsall via Birmingham New Street as WMR
2013–14 2019
TransPennine Express Class 350 Diagram
730/0, 730/1 &
730/2 Aventra
EMU 90 145 3 36 Redditch–Lichfield Trent Valley (WMR)[42]
Bromsgrove–Lichfield Trent Valley (WMR)[42]
Wolverhampton–Walsall via Birmingham New Street (WMR)
TBC 2020–21
110 180 5 29 Electrified LNWR suburban services[43]
16 Long distance LNWR services[43]

Past fleet

Former units operated by West Midlands Trains include:

 Class   Image   Type   Carriages   Number   Built   Notes   Withdrawn  Lines served 
150/1 Sprinter London Midland 150107 at Bedford DMU 2 3[44] 1984-1987 Transferred to Northern 2019

See also

  • Central Trains – Former West Midlands franchise operator (1997-2007).
  • London Midland – Former West Midlands franchise operator (2007-2017).

Notes

  1. ^ London Underground stock was initially built between 1979 and 1983

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Preceded by
London Midland
West Midlands franchise
Operator of West Midlands franchise
2017–2026
Succeeded by
incumbent
Bloxwich North railway station

Bloxwich North railway station serves the town of Bloxwich, in the Metropolitan Borough of Walsall, West Midlands, England.

The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by West Midlands Trains.

Bordesley railway station

Bordesley railway station is a small railway station serving the area of Bordesley in Birmingham, England located between Birmingham Moor Street and Small Heath stations. The current minimal level of service at the station is provided by West Midlands Trains services between Birmingham Snow Hill and Stratford-upon-Avon.

The single island platform is above street level, as the railway line here is on a viaduct. The only public access is from Coventry Road, directly underneath the railway bridge.

British Rail Class 172

The Class 172 is a British diesel multiple-unit (DMU) built by Bombardier Transportation's Derby Litchurch Lane Works for use on inner-suburban passenger services in the cities of London and Birmingham for Chiltern Railways and West Midlands Trains.

The Class 172 is of the Turbostar model, similar to the Class 168, Class 170 and Class 171.

Coseley railway station

Coseley railway station is located in the Coseley area of the borough of Dudley, West Midlands, England. It is situated on the Rugby-Birmingham-Stafford branch of the West Coast Main Line. The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by West Midlands Trains.

Dorridge railway station

Dorridge railway station serves the village of Dorridge in the West Midlands of England. The station is served by Chiltern Railways, who manage the station, and also by West Midlands Trains. It is situated 10 1⁄2 miles (16.9 km) south of Birmingham Snow Hill.

Hall Green railway station

Hall Green railway station serves the Hall Green area of Birmingham in the West Midlands of England. The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by West Midlands Trains.

Lea Hall railway station

Lea Hall railway station is situated in the Lea Hall area east of the city of Birmingham, in the West Midlands of England. It has two platforms, one each side of the two running lines, with no points or sidings. The ticket office is on a bridge over the tracks, which are a little below street level. The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by West Midlands Trains. Ramps have been added to permit easy disabled access to both platforms.

Milton Keynes Central railway station

Milton Keynes Central railway station serves Central Milton Keynes and the surrounding area of Milton Keynes, England. The station is located on the West Coast Main Line about 50 miles (80 km) northwest of London. The station is served by Virgin Trains intercity services, and by West Midlands Trains and Southern regional services.

This station is one of the six stations serving the Milton Keynes urban area. Milton Keynes Central, which opened on 17 May 1982, is by far the busiest and most important of these, as well as being the largest in terms of platforms in use, having overtaken Bletchley when platforms 2A and 6 became operational.

Old Hill railway station

Old Hill railway station is in Old Hill, West Midlands, England, on the Birmingham-Stourbridge line. It is managed by West Midlands Trains, who provide the majority of train services; Chiltern Railways also operate a small number.

Olton railway station

Olton railway station serves the Olton area of Solihull, in the West Midlands of England. The station is operated by West Midlands Trains, and is also served by Chiltern Railways services. The entrance seen in the centre where the station's booking office is located leads into a tunnel which runs under the tracks providing an access staircase and lift to the island platform. The station also has a car park and bicycle racks.

Shirley railway station (England)

Shirley railway station serves the Shirley area of Solihull in the West Midlands of England. Situated on the North Warwickshire Line, the station, and all trains serving it, are operated by West Midlands Trains.

Small Heath railway station

Small Heath railway station serves the areas of Small Heath and Sparkbrook in Birmingham, West Midlands, England. The station is managed by West Midlands Trains, which runs all the services.

The former Great Western Railway station building, opened in 1863 as Small Heath and Sparkbrook on their main line from London Paddington to Birkenhead Woodside, is on a bridge which it shares with Golden Hillock Road (the B4145), over the tracks. The A45 Small Heath Highway runs alongside. To the other side is the site of the former BSA factory.

The station once had four platforms (both in an island configuration) in use, following the quadrupling of the line by the Great Western Railway in 1906, but only the western pair are now operational (as these are the only ones that trains can use to reach Moor Street & Snow Hill).

Solihull railway station

Solihull railway station serves the town of Solihull in the West Midlands of England. The station is served by West Midlands Trains and Chiltern Railways. CrossCountry serve the station occasionally to replace stops at Coventry and Birmingham International during engineering work. Solihull used to have a regular Virgin CrossCountry service to Manchester Piccadilly, Blackpool North and Portsmouth Harbour until 2004, when all services through the station were made to run non-stop between Birmingham and Leamington Spa.

The station booking office is under the trackbed, in a subway where footsteps lead up to the island platform. Services are operated by Chiltern Railways to London Marylebone via High Wycombe, West Midlands Trains to Dorridge, extending to Leamington Spa at peak times. The vast majority of Chiltern Railways services terminate at Birmingham Snow Hill, with extensions to Kidderminster at peak times. West Midlands Trains operate services to Stourbridge Junction on a 20-minute frequency.

Tyseley railway station

Tyseley railway station serves the district of Tyseley in Birmingham, West Midlands, England. It is at the junction of the lines linking Birmingham with Leamington Spa and Stratford-upon-Avon.

West Midlands Trains manages the station and runs most of the trains that serve it. Chiltern Railways trains serve the station in the late evening only.

The main station building is on a bridge over the tracks, on the Wharfedale Road (B4146). It is next to a railway depot and Tyseley Locomotive Works.

Whitlocks End railway station

Whitlocks End railway station is a railway station on the North Warwickshire Line located next the hamlet of Whitlock's End in the West Midlands of England. It is located a short distance from the village of Hollywood in Worcestershire, and the new village of Dickens Heath. The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by West Midlands Trains.

The station serves as the terminus for many local services on the Snow Hill Lines from either Stourbridge Junction, Kidderminster or Worcester Foregate Street. Of the three hourly services, two terminate/start here, and one continues to Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Widney Manor railway station

Widney Manor railway station serves the Widney Manor area of Solihull in the West Midlands of England. The station is served by West Midlands Trains (who manage the station) and Chiltern Railways. A significant portion of the car park occupies what was the formation when the line was four tracks wide and the former GWR London Paddington - Birkenhead Woodside service passed through the station but did not stop. This service ceased with the electrification of the former LMS line from London Euston to Birmingham New Street in 1967.

Wilmcote railway station

Wilmcote railway station serves the village of Wilmcote, about 4 miles (6.4 km) north of Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, England. The station is run by West Midlands Trains. It is served by both West Midlands Trains and Chiltern Railways trains.

Wythall railway station

Wythall railway station serves the village of Wythall in Worcestershire, England. The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by West Midlands Trains.

Although situated just outside the West Midlands county, the station lies within the area supported by Transport for West Midlands given its proximity to Tidbury Green, and therefore Centro-issued tickets for train travel are valid for travel to the station. Centro-issued bus tickets are not valid. London Midland closed the ticket office in 2011.The station opened as Grimes Hill Platform on 1 July 1908. It then became Grimes Hill & Wythall Halt on 12 July 1914; Grimes Hill and Wythall Platform on 11 July 1927; the suffix was dropped on 9 July 1934 and it finally became Wythall on 6 May 1974.

Yardley Wood railway station

Yardley Wood railway station serves the Yardley Wood area of Birmingham in the West Midlands of England. Located on the North Warwickshire Line, the station, and all trains serving it, are operated by West Midlands Trains.

The station platforms are accessed by ramps from Highfield Road, which crosses over the railway on a bridge just north of the station. The ticket office is located at road level, adjacent to the bridge.

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