Rail company trains new drivers

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London Midland train

New recruits are being taken on to deal with a passenger train company's driver shortage problem.

But London Midland passengers will have to put up with fewer carriages on some services this month while the new staff undergo training.
London Midland said it was training 61 new train drivers.

It added that the need to make trains available for driver training will mean some services between London and Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire will have fewer carriages this month. Some rush-hour services are affected.
The company's operations director Tom Joyner said: "Our new drivers need to learn about the trains they will be responsible for.

"To do this we have chosen the quietest time of the year to take some carriages out of service.

"While it does mean, regrettably, some passengers may find it harder to find a seat on some busy trains this month, all passengers will benefit from us having extra drivers available later this year."

London Midland's driver shortages some months ago led to delays and cancellations, with a number of MPs complaining about the company.

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