London Midland is advising its passengers to finish their journeys by mid afternoon on Monday 23 December. Severe storms are forecast for the midlands and south of England.
Train operators are expecting a 50 mph speed restriction to be applied on lines from the midlands to London. This will mean there will be fewer trains running on the west coast mainline and between Birmingham and the capital from mid afternoon onwards. Services on the Cross City route through Birmingham to and from Redditch and Lichfield will also be reduced from early afternoon. Other lines are very likely to be severely disrupted.
London Midland commercial director, Richard Brooks said “We will be putting extra staff out to help passengers but the message is very simple, the weather we are expecting on Monday afternoon is going to make travel very difficult and I suggest you don’t travel during that period if you don’t need to – but, if you must travel, aim to start and finish your journey as early as you can.”
London Midland has lifted ticket restrictions to make it easier for passengers to travel on any of the company’s trains on Sunday and Monday.
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Since 2007, London Midland has been providing train services to and from London in the south, to Birmingham in the Midlands and Liverpool in the north-west. Over 60 million passenger journeys a year are made using on the network and London Midland manage 148 stations and operate
over 1,300 services a day.
London Midland is owned by Govia, the partnership between the Go-Ahead Group and Keolis. Govia
is the UK’s busiest rail operator, responsible for nearly 30 per cent of UK passenger rail journeys through its three rail companies, Southern (which includes Gatwick Express services), Southeastern and London Midland. Further information on Govia is available at www.govia.info
London Midland has won a range of awards, including Best Local Transport Integration, four Rail Business Awards for marketing, public relations and customer information, five Golden Spanner Awards for Engineering, two IOIC award for internal communication and three Railstaff Awards for Outstanding Customer Service, Lifesaving and Charity Work.
In 2013 London Midland was awarded the Investors in People (IiP) Silver Award and been awarded the 5 Star award by the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) in 2012.