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Boris Johnson suggests West Midlands Trains could lose its franchise after service is described as "absolutely woeful"

Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the House of Commons today (8 January) Credit: PA Images

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said "the bell is tolling for West Midlands Trains" in the House of Commons today (8 January), after West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin called the service "absolutely woeful".

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"In recent months the performance of West Midlands rail for my constituents and for constituents across the region has been absolutely woeful.

"Will he agree with Andy Street, the West Midlands mayor, that if they do not shape up by the end of January they too should have an inspection by the Secretary of State for Transport and potentially have their franchise taken away?"

– Harriett Baldwin, MP for West Worcestershire

The Prime Minister told the Commons the Government is looking at the performance of various franchise holders across the rail network.

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