A rail strike which threatened to cause chaos for people wanting to travel over Easter has been called off after a deal was thrashed out.
The Aslef union said a three-year dispute between drivers and London Midland was over after several days of “intense” negotiations.
Members are expected to endorse the new agreement within days and a ballot for action will be withdrawn.
The region’s biggest rail operator and drivers have been in locked in a wrangle since late 2007 over harmonising the pay of employees from two previous franchises.
It was not clear whether drivers would return to working on Sundays or rest days after a separate disagreement on overtime saw hundreds weekend services cancelled in recent weeks.
Union members have refused to work Sunday after the shift allowance was cut from £400 to £300.
A revised timetable is expected to run until the end of this week.
A union spokesman said: “Negotiators for Aslef and London Midland have come to a draft agreement over a pay dispute following several days of intense talks.
“This means that industrial action will not take place in the company and the terms of the draft agreement will be put to Aslef members for their endorsement.”