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London Midland extends free rail travel compensation offer

Passengers at New Street Station
Image caption The original deadline for applying for the free travel was the end of March

London Midland - which offered season ticket holders free travel as compensation for cancelled trains - has extended the deadline for applications for the scheme until the end of April.

Almost 1,000 trains were cancelled or delayed due to driver shortages between October and the end of the year.

The government then told the firm to compensate passengers.

The original deadline for applying for five days' free travel was the end of March.

The firm said thousands of passengers had applied so far but it did not want anyone to miss out.

When the compensation offer was first announced, the watchdog Passenger Focus said it was pleased to see that commuters would get something back.

The train company said any person who held a season ticket for travel on London Midland for at least 28 days between 10 September and 8 December 2012 and was affected by disruption is eligible for the free travel.

Transport Minister Norman Baker said at the time that the firm had fallen short of its franchise obligations by not providing enough drivers.

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