Since December 2017, the West Midlands franchise has been operated by a consortium comprising Abellio (the international arm of Nederlandse Spoorwegen, the national state-owned rail operator in the Netherlands), JR East (a private-sector rail operator in Japan) and Mitsui (a group of Japanese companies). The franchise includes commuter services on the West Coast Main Line and is intended to end in March 2026. Abellio also operates the Abellio Greater Anglia and ScotRail franchises as well as Merseyrail in a joint venture with Serco.
• Do you use the West Midlands service regularly?
• Do you believe it should be returned to public hands as part of a re-unified national rail network run for people not profit?
• Then, why not start a campaign building up to the franchise end?
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