Walsall transport leaders have welcomed the introduction of the town's first direct train link with Birmingham International Airport as a key step in its regeneration.
The half-hourly service will start running on weekdays between 10am and 7pm from next Monday, getting residents to Birmingham International station in 48 minutes.
It comes as a further boost to the borough following recent news that more regular morning trains are to operate on the Walsall to Wolverhampton rail link after the service was given a two-year reprieve from the Government axe.
Central Trains announced it will continue the service until October 2007, allowing campaigners more time to battle for its future. The service was earmarked for replacement with buses in a West Midlands rail review published earlier this year.
Walsall Council leader Tom Ansell said: "This new airport link is great news for Walsall and I'm sure it will prove popular with both holidaymakers and business people in the borough.
"The link will prove invaluable in further raising Walsall's profile and help to encourage more investment in our borough."
Coun Marco Longhi, cabinet member for environment, welcomed the new service to Birmingham International station, saying it was important to encourage people to use sustainable means of transport.
Airport services begin with a train out of Walsall at 10.03, with the first journey in the other direction starting a minute later. All services pass through Birmingham New Street.
Earlier this year, council cabinet members backed proposals for services to Birmingham New Street to be extended to Birmingham International station.