New trains will provide more seats

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TEN new trains have been ordered by London Midland, creating thousands more spaces for passengers and speeding up journeys to London.

The firm runs trains from Long Buckby to Northampton, Milton Keynes, Birmingham and London used by commuters from across the district.

Unfortunately the trains, paid for through funding from the Department of Transport, will not arrive until the summer of 2014.

The extra trains have been ordered to address the growing number of passengers using the line between London and Birmingham.

Seven have been earmarked for London commuter services, providing 4,474 extra seats each weekday.

There will be an extra three services arriving in London during the morning peak and an extra five departing from London in the evening peak time, made possible by increasing the maximum speed from 100 mph to 110 mph.

London Midland’s managing director Patrick Verwer said: ‘We are very excited at the prospect of introducing higher speed services for our customers.

“These new trains will create significant extra capacity for our customers travelling into London Euston and the West Midlands.

“Their acquisition demonstrates our commitment to continue improving capacity, performance and customer satisfaction.”

A survey released in January showed overall standards on the London Midland service had improved, but customers complained of high prices and a lack of space.