The UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) has awarded the West Midlands franchise to West Midlands Trains, a joint venture between Abellio and its minority partners East Japan Railway Company and Mitsui & Co. Current incumbent London Midland, which is owned by Govia – which itself is made up of Go-Ahead Group (65 per cent) and Keolis (35 per cent) – has operated services across...

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