The London Midland franchise was one of the results of a 'remapping' exercise by the Department for Transport, inheriting the outer suburban (‘County’) services of Silverlink and also the routes of Central Trains in the western half of that network, including local services in the West Midlands. The Department for Transport name for this contract during the competition was ‘West Midlands’.
The original end date for this franchise was 19 September 2015, but this was extended (as provided for in the contract) by 28 weeks to April 2016. London Midland announced a further extension to 2017 on 26 March 2013, and this was confirmed as a Direct Award on 3 December 2015. The end date of October 2017 was extendable by up to 13 reporting periods (52 weeks), and the first two of these periods were activated on 17 July 2017, when the termination date was put back to December 2017. A further extension to February 2018 was possible, but did not occur.
11 November 2007
10 December 2017
London and Birmingham Railway Ltd
Commuter and regional services: London Euston-Milton Keynes-Northampton-Rugby-Coventry-Birmingham New Street. West Midlands local services. Local services Bletchley-Bedford; Watford Jn-St Albans Abbey
Central Trains (part)
was replaced by
West Midlands Trains