London Midland says it is ahead of its targets for recruiting new drivers, a year on from shortages which caused a raft of cancellations.
Last October the company announced it would be cancelling trains on a daily basis, due to driver shortages.
But it now has 61 drivers in training, and says it is in much better shape ahead of the upcoming winter.
A London Midland spokesman said a recruitment target, agreed with the Department for Transport, has been met ahead of schedule.
The spokesman added: “We don’t delude ourselves, and we know the winter will be challenging. But we are seeing much greater reliability, and far fewer trains being cancelled.
“There are half the number of trains being cancelled as a result of driver shortages than last year, and we are ahead of the industry standard. But we are not getting complacent.”
The operator, which runs most services out of Northampton station, holds the franchise until June 2017.
Last October, London Midland announced there would be daily cancellations of trains because of driver shortages. These shortages were caused by drivers leaving to work for another operator.
Cancellations were an issue for several months, including over the Christmas period, and into the New Year.