A number of service improvements will accompany the return of train services - which had been replaced by buses due to staff disputes - on some West Midlands commuter lines this month.
As well as restoring former services, Central Trains will introduce a brand new fleet of trains - the Class 350 Desiros - to carry passengers at speeds of up to 100 mph between Northampton, Coventry and Birmingham and between Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Liverpool.
From Sunday, an hourly weekday train service will be introduced between Coventry, Bedworth and Nuneaton.
The few train services still operating to the special timetable introduced on January 1 will be fully restored.
These include services between: n Lichfield - Redditch (Cross City Line). n Leamington Spa - Birmingham - Worcester via (Snow Hill Lines) n Walsall - Stafford n Birmingham - Shrewsbury n Walsall - Wellington
Other changes include the introduction of a new 16.51 Birmingham - Preston service. There will be changes to train timings between Birmingham Snow Hill and Hereford and between Birmingham New Street and Nottingham.
Birmingham to Lincoln services will be split at Leicester to create two self contained services between Birmingham and Leicester and between Leicester and Lincoln.
In order to provide more seats for Worcester and Droitwich Spa commuters, an extra (fourth) carriage will be added to the 7.09 Great Malvern - Birmingham New Street service.
This makes the train too long to call at Bromsgrove and, as a result, an additional additional (third) carriage will be added to the 7.09 Gloucester - Birmingham New Street service which calls at Bromsgrove at 7.51.
For homeward journeys, the 17.59 departure from Birmingham New Street will be lengthened from two to three carriages.