Campaign against West Midlands / London Northwestern Railway (Abellio / JR East / Mitsui)

The National Rail Contract for West Midlands was directly awarded in September 2021 to 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). This consortium had operated the former West Midlands franchise since December 2017, and paid a termination fee of £90.5m when moving to the new contract. The contract includes commuter services on the West Coast Main Line and is intended to run for five years. Abellio also operates the Abellio Greater Anglia, East Midlands Railway 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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Existing Campaigns / Groups:

How to sue your Train Operating Company for compensation for delays

London Northwestern Passenger Action Group

Right Track North

Electrify the Midland Mainline