Date confirmed for 4,000 more seats on London Midland trains

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Improvements to London Midland’s service are finally on track as the date for 4,000 more peak-time seats per day in and out of London Euston next year has been announced.

The first of 10 additional four-carriage units will arrive in April to help deal with congested carriages on daily commutes - much to the delight of Leighton Buzzard passengers.

South West Beds MP, Andrew Selous, has previously campaigned for change since his constituents claimed were choosing to drive into London on Saturdays because trains are so overcrowded.

Mr Selous met with London Midland’s Managing Director Patrick Verwer on Thursday to hear about the increased carriages that will be rolled out in April and in operation by September.

Mr Selous said: “This is fantastic news for commuters and all train travellers as it will provide an extra 4,000 seats for commuters by September.

“London Midland also confirmed their support for HS2 as it will provide massively needed additional capacity on the Birmingham to London line which will mean that train travellers from Leighton Buzzard will be much more likely to get a seat on a train when they travel once HS2 comes in to operation.”

A London Midland spokesman said: “The first of the additional trains will become available from April and will be used to lengthen existing four and eight car trains.

“When the winter timetable comes into effect in December passengers will benefit from a total of 4,000 extra seats into and out of London Euston during the peak.”