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LNR is part of West Midlands Trains. WMT is responsible for 2,400 employees and operates 1,300 train services every day, carrying 200,000 passengers.
Around £1 billion will be invested into the network, delivering new trains, improving routes and stations as well as offering better services (basically, making your travel experience pretty amazing).
To make all this happen, we’re going to be spending big. Take a look at some of the highlights:
Making stations better
We’re spending more than £60m on improving and sprucing up our stations, with over 1,000 new car park spaces, over 2,500 cycle parking spaces, a cycle hire scheme trial, new and refurbished waiting rooms, and more seats at stations. £70m will be spent on existing and new depots. Believe us, you’ll notice the difference.
Investing in people
We’re proud of our new franchise and our employees should be equally proud. So we’re investing an extra £13 million on staff training, helping them make sure your journey is a great experience from start to finish.. We also plan to create more than 900 new apprenticeships. Bright, young minds that will make
We will employ more women and more ethnic minorities, and give work experience placements to more than 250 young people.
Swift and Smart
Smart ticketing makes life for our passengers so much easier and we plan to introduce it right across our network.
Working with Network West Midlands, we will bring the Swift Card to more people in more places – it’s a fast, convenient way to get around the region and can be topped up just like an Oyster Card.
What’s more, a Smart Card Season Ticket will be introduced for passengers between Northampton and London as well as on the St Albans Abbey line.
Over the next nine years, we’ll be investing significantly in our new franchise, ensuring that we play a major part in driving the economy of the region forward. We believe that is the start of a new, golden era for rail travel in the region. Now that is something we all should celebrate.