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Extra seats will be added to some of the most overcrowded train services

More than £2.5million is being invested in extra capacity on CrossCountry services. Credit: PA

Train passengers in the Midlands will benefit from the biggest increase in seats in more than a decade.

More than 5,000 seats will be added to services from Birmingham to Nottingham and Leicester from May.

It's after the government announced £2.5 million to pay for more carriages on CrossCountry services. The carriages will come from West Midlands Trains, which is receiving new stock, and more seat reservations will also be made available.

It's after a survey by Transport Focus revealed just 58 per cent of CrossCountry passengers are satisfied with the level of crowding - the second lowest score of all operators.

This delivers the biggest increase in seats for our services in more than 13 years.

– Tom Joyner, CrossCountry managing director

The Rail Minister, Chris Heaton-Harris, said: "Investing in transport is essential to levelling up the country, as we look to modernise our rail network and restructure the industry to put passengers at the heart of the railway. "But we want to fund benefits to address pressing needs and improve journeys for passengers in the short-term, as well as in the future. More seats mean more people can travel, increasing access to opportunities and better connecting our regions."

5,000
The number of extra seats to be added to some services from May
£2.5m
The amount being spent by the Government on CrossCountry trains

CrossCountry managing director Tom Joyner said: "We are delighted to now be able to get on and deliver these benefits for our customers, with improvements to the journey experience and three new community groups to bring our train services closer to the places we serve.

"Most importantly, many of our trains have become increasingly busy as more and more people choose rail for their journeys. This delivers the biggest increase in seats for our services in more than 13 years, helping customers enjoy a relaxing and comfortable journey every day.

"These improvements will deliver an immediate boost for rail users in the Midlands, with the promise of even more to come on other routes in the near future."