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West Midland Railway with Jan Chaudhry

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We are joined by Jan Chaudhry who is the Managing Director of the UKs newest rail franchise, West Midland Trains. A partnership between Abellio, East Japan Railway and Mitsui, WMT operates under two brands – the West Midland Railway and London NorthWestern.

Interestingly, the new franchise is not governed by the DfT, but by a new transport body called West Midland Rail. Thus this new direction for railway management, added with a significant investment in new rolling stock. Might not only be the solution to the state of rail travel in the Midlands, but also a model for other franchises to operate from.

We have previously heard from JR East and other Abellio franchises, so it shall be interesting to hear of the partnership here.

Mixed audience, from many different subject areas. All welcomed to come.


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