Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry to Nuneaton trial scrapped after test train fire

Kenilworth train fire Image copyright Fraser Pithie
Image caption An investigation took place after the fire on the test train

A trial to see whether former London Underground trains could increase capacity on a railway line has been scrapped after a fire on a test train.

An engine on the test train caught fire in December at Kenilworth.

The West Midlands Combined Authority said there "was no longer enough time" to evaluate the trial before the next local rail franchise starts in October.

It was hoped the trains would have eventually been used on the Coventry to Nuneaton line.

The authority will continue discussions with operators Vivarail and other train suppliers.

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A spokesman for the authority and its partners, which include Coventry City Council and Warwickshire County Council, said future opportunities would be discussed "for this line and other routes in the region where the shortage of available rolling stock is impacting on capacity and service operation".

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