Media contacts

The press and media enquiries line is for accredited journalists only.

Steve Swingler

Phone:
0121 214 7073

07887 794 241

Email:
steve.swingler@wmca.org.uk

Neil Elkes

Phone:
0121 214 7651

07554 113021

Email:
neil.elkes@wmca.org.uk

Sue Parker

Phone:
0121 214 7073

07917 456 866

Email:
sue.parker@wmca.org.uk

News

Building a 'flat-packed' station

Building a 'flat-packed' station

posted on 07 October 2021

What does a bookshelf, a wardrobe and a railway station all have in common? Read about how we're building University station.

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How local children are helping us celebrate our key workers

How local children are helping us celebrate our key workers

posted on 07 October 2021

To say thank you to key workers, children from James Brindley Academy have produced artwork that is being displayed at University and Perry Barr stations.

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Life as a construction worker during the pandemic

Life as a construction worker during the pandemic

posted on 07 October 2021

Our construction at workers at Perry Barr and University stations have continued to work throughout Covid. We spoke to Dean Ball about the challenges he has overcome during this time.

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University railway station development takes major step forward with canal bridge installation

University railway station development takes major step forward with canal bridge installation

posted on 07 October 2021

Spanning the Worcester & Birmingham Canal, the bridge links the new station to the University of Birmingham campus

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Leaf busting trains now out 24 hours a day on Midlands rail routes

Leaf busting trains now out 24 hours a day on Midlands rail routes

posted on 01 October 2021

From 1st October until 13th December, seven specialist trains will wash leaf debris from a total of 91,195 miles of track across the region while trees are shedding their leaves.

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New steel frame shows Perry Barr Railway Station taking shape

New steel frame shows Perry Barr Railway Station taking shape

posted on 26 August 2021

A steel frame which will support the new station building is now taking shape on site as work continues at pace to get the structure ready for opening next spring.

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Regeneration of Perry Barr continues with green light for new bus interchange

Regeneration of Perry Barr continues with green light for new bus interchange

posted on 18 August 2021

The scheme is part of the overall £30.9m transport interchange development which includes the neighbouring Perry Barr railway station

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A step forward in improving the environmental impact of the rail network

A step forward in improving the environmental impact of the rail network

posted on 16 July 2021

We welcome the Department for Transport's commitment to a greener, more sustainable railway

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Doors open to second half of new Wolverhampton Railway Station

Doors open to second half of new Wolverhampton Railway Station

posted on 28 June 2021

The station is part of the dramatic transformation taking place under the city's award-winning £150million Interchange scheme which is delivering improvements to bus, Metro, cycle and train connectivity.

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Grand Rail Collaboration welcomes industry expert to improve passenger satisfaction

Grand Rail Collaboration welcomes industry expert to improve passenger satisfaction

posted on 09 June 2021

Lucy Wotton will progress plans to improve customer service and satisfaction as well as meet the challenge of recovering from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

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West Midlands Rail Executive welcomes Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail

West Midlands Rail Executive welcomes Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail

posted on 20 May 2021

WMRE believes the plan can help the rail network adapt and meet changing post-COVID requirements

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Work starts on new Perry Barr railway station following demolition of outdated buildings

Work starts on new Perry Barr railway station following demolition of outdated buildings

posted on 19 May 2021

A new purpose-built standalone station will be constructed over the next 12 months

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Full steam ahead for Camp Hill line to reopen as final budget approved

Full steam ahead for Camp Hill line to reopen as final budget approved

posted on 19 March 2021

£61 million project to reopen Camp Hill stations is now fully funded

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Two Birmingham railway stations are on track for Commonwealth Games

Two Birmingham railway stations are on track for Commonwealth Games

posted on 18 March 2021

Construction teams are on site at the new University Station

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Cannock station first to be given a makeover through West Midlands Stations Alliance

Cannock station first to be given a makeover through West Midlands Stations Alliance

posted on 15 February 2021

A range of improvements include the installation of local artwork and photography reflecting the town's identity, history and the beauty of Cannock Chase.

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Plans to give Aldridge its own railway station move forward with £400k land deal

Plans to give Aldridge its own railway station move forward with £400k land deal

posted on 09 February 2021

It is hoped that two trains an hour could run from the new station to Birmingham New Street and Walsal

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Community rail partnership’s outstanding work recognised

Community rail partnership’s outstanding work recognised

posted on 27 January 2021

The Worcestershire Community Rail Partnership (WCRP) brings together the local rail industry and volunteers who make their local stations both pleasant places to visit and an asset to the local community.

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Railway station works on track as Interchange wins award

Railway station works on track as Interchange wins award

posted on 22 January 2021

Wolverhampton’s new railway station building nearing completion

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Designs for new Perry Barr railway station revised following feedback

Designs for new Perry Barr railway station revised following feedback

posted on 08 December 2020

The addition of more windows and perforated metal panels have added interest to the design

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Major milestone for £82 milllion Coventry Railway Station development

Major milestone for £82 milllion Coventry Railway Station development

posted on 11 November 2020

The 750 tonne crane has been brought in to lift the footbridge into place

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Contractor appointed for new University Railway Station

Contractor appointed for new University Railway Station

posted on 03 November 2020

VolkerFitzpatrick will undertake the detailed design and build of the new, £56m University Station.

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Progress on new Wolverhampton Railway Station

Progress on new Wolverhampton Railway Station

posted on 22 October 2020

Work has begun to erect the steel framework for phase two of City of Wolverhampton's new railway station building

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Planning approval given for two new Black Country railway stations

Planning approval given for two new Black Country railway stations

posted on 16 October 2020

The stations will offer the people of Darlaston and Willenhall vastly improved connections to Wolverhampton, Walsall and Birmingham New Street

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Planning permission granted for new Moseley Railway Station

Planning permission granted for new Moseley Railway Station

posted on 24 September 2020

Birmingham City Council's planning committee unanimously approved the application

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Station demolition completed ready for phase 2 construction

Station demolition completed ready for phase 2 construction

posted on 15 September 2020

Construction now moves to next phase of development on the Wolverhampton interchange

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New electric train fleet for Birmingham’s Cross-City Line

New electric train fleet for Birmingham’s Cross-City Line

posted on 09 September 2020

New Class 730 fleet on the production line of manufacturer Bombardier at its base in Derby.

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Green light for £56 million University Station redevelopment

Green light for £56 million University Station redevelopment

posted on 24 July 2020

Approval means that work can start later this year on building a new fit-for-purpose station

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Could you be one of 300 stitchers creating a community tapestry in Worcestershire?

Could you be one of 300 stitchers creating a community tapestry in Worcestershire?

posted on 09 July 2020

Stitch train project will create 18 tapestry train artworks for display at stations

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Passenger rail services planned to re-connect Walsall and Wolverhampton

Passenger rail services planned to re-connect Walsall and Wolverhampton

posted on 15 June 2020

Timetable agreed for services to call at Willenhall and Darlaston stations

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Phase one of Wolverhampton's new railway station set to open

Phase one of Wolverhampton's new railway station set to open

posted on 22 May 2020

Railway station is part of a £150m bus, rail and tram interchange

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Planning application for Moseley railway station submitted

Planning application for Moseley railway station submitted

posted on 21 May 2020

Progress on plans to reopen Birmingham's Camp Hill line

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Passenger satisfaction key for new chair of Grand Rail Collaboration

Passenger satisfaction key for new chair of Grand Rail Collaboration

posted on 20 May 2020

New chair for group set up to coordinate rail industry activity in the West Midlands

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WMRE appoints new interim rail programme director to oversee development of new stations

WMRE appoints new interim rail programme director to oversee development of new stations

posted on 29 April 2020

Amanda White joins the WMRE at a time of intensive investment and development

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Plans to open Black Country railway stations take another step forward

Plans to open Black Country railway stations take another step forward

posted on 02 March 2020

Planning applications for Darlaston and Willenhall railway stations submitted

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New managing director for West Midlands Trains welcomed

New managing director for West Midlands Trains welcomed

posted on 16 January 2020

WMRE looks forward to working with new rail company boss to bring improvements for commuters

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Phase one of new railway station close to completion

Phase one of new railway station close to completion

posted on 17 December 2019

First of two phases of constructing Wolverhampton's new railway station is nearly complete

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Engaging local communities across Worcestershire’s railway network

Engaging local communities across Worcestershire’s railway network

posted on 14 November 2019

New Worcestershire Community Rail Partnership launched

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Plans to rebuild outdated Birmingham railway station unveiled

Plans to rebuild outdated Birmingham railway station unveiled

posted on 05 November 2019

Perry Barr Station to be redeveloped ahead of Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

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Fly-through video shows how the University railway station will look following redevelopment

Fly-through video shows how the University railway station will look following redevelopment

posted on 25 October 2019

Planning application highlights bigger, better, brighter and more comfortable space for passengers

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Kings Heath and Hazelwell Railway Station plans submitted

Kings Heath and Hazelwell Railway Station plans submitted

posted on 27 September 2019

Planning application marks progress on plans to reopen the Camp Hill Rail Line

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West Midlands Grand Rail Collaboration launched to improve services for passengers

West Midlands Grand Rail Collaboration launched to improve services for passengers

posted on 20 September 2019

Rail industry bosses come together in a ground-breaking deal to drive up standards for rail passengers in the West Midlands.

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New Alliance set up to transform railway stations into community hubs

New Alliance set up to transform railway stations into community hubs

posted on 29 August 2019

Alliance seeks new ways to improve railway stations and develop them as community assets

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Hundreds of ticketless travellers given penalty fares at Birmingham New Street

Hundreds of ticketless travellers given penalty fares at Birmingham New Street

posted on 19 August 2019

Rail companies join forces to clamp down on ticketless travellers

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£10 million funding to kick start reopening of Black Country rail stations

£10 million funding to kick start reopening of Black Country rail stations

posted on 05 August 2019

Department for Transport provides funding towards construction of Darlaston and Willenhall stations

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New Camp Hill stations firmly on track with £15 million funding boost

New Camp Hill stations firmly on track with £15 million funding boost

posted on 01 August 2019

Plans for Camp Hill Line stations take a major step forward thanks to Government funding

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Gearing up to deliver a top class new University Station

Gearing up to deliver a top class new University Station

posted on 30 July 2019

New designs for University Railway Station revealed

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All change at the top for the West Midlands Rail Executive

All change at the top for the West Midlands Rail Executive

posted on 26 June 2019

New chair and vice-chair appointed by the West Midlands Rail Executive

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Steam engine rolls into Moor Street Station to launch new Vintage Trains partnership

Steam engine rolls into Moor Street Station to launch new Vintage Trains partnership

posted on 12 June 2019

Steam engines to play a greater role on the West Midlands rail network

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Significant improvements for passengers when electric trains are introduced between Walsall and Rugeley

Significant improvements for passengers when electric trains are introduced between Walsall and Rugeley

posted on 10 May 2019

Electrification of Chase Line means more, faster, cleaner trains for commuters

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Lock-making heritage is key to Black Country railway station designs, say residents

Lock-making heritage is key to Black Country railway station designs, say residents

posted on 09 May 2019

Residents have given their views on new Darlaston and Willenhall Railway Station designs

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Residents call for JRR Tolkien inspired artwork in Camp Hill rail line consultation

Residents call for JRR Tolkien inspired artwork in Camp Hill rail line consultation

posted on 03 May 2019

Nine in ten south Birmingham residents support plans for new rail stations

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Plans submitted for third entrance at Snow Hill Railway Station

Plans submitted for third entrance at Snow Hill Railway Station

posted on 28 March 2019

Plans for Snow Hill's third entrance on track

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Full steam ahead for new partnership with Vintage Trains

Full steam ahead for new partnership with Vintage Trains

posted on 27 March 2019

WMRE signs new steam-powered partnership with Vintage Trains

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Striking new designs for regeneration of Moor Street Station revealed

Striking new designs for regeneration of Moor Street Station revealed

posted on 18 March 2019

New vision for Moor Street Station revealed

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New West Midlands Railway timetable announced

New West Midlands Railway timetable announced

posted on 12 March 2019

West Midlands Mayor welcomes improvements in rail services

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Malcolm Holmes appointed executive director

Malcolm Holmes appointed executive director

posted on 07 March 2019

Malcolm Holmes appointed WMRE executive director

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First look at plans for two new Black Country railway stations

First look at plans for two new Black Country railway stations

posted on 28 February 2019

First look at plans for two new Black Country railway stations

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West Midlands welcomes rail fares reform proposals

West Midlands welcomes rail fares reform proposals

posted on 18 February 2019

Easier Fares For All report to simplify rail tickets welcomed

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Party leaders urged to publicly commit to completion of HS2 Phase Two

Party leaders urged to publicly commit to completion of HS2 Phase Two

posted on 24 January 2019

Party leaders urged to publicly commit to completion of HS2 Phase Two

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Poets, planters and painters praised for making railway stations more pleasant places to visit

Poets, planters and painters praised for making railway stations more pleasant places to visit

posted on 23 January 2019

Rallying call for more community volunteers to adopt and improve local rail stations

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West Midlands rail revolution promised as new 30 year strategy approved

West Midlands rail revolution promised as new 30 year strategy approved

posted on 15 January 2019

30-year strategy for region's rail published

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Public to have their say on designs for new railway stations

Public to have their say on designs for new railway stations

posted on 14 November 2018

Public being asked to help shape design of three new stations

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Consultation launched over 30 year Rail Investment Strategy

Consultation launched over 30 year Rail Investment Strategy

posted on 19 October 2018

West Midlands Rail Executive has set out plans for the next three decades

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All aboard!  Latest West Midlands public transport partnership agreed

All aboard! Latest West Midlands public transport partnership agreed

posted on 01 August 2018

A new partnership deal has been signed with Virgin Trains

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Up to three extra trains an hour for Bromsgrove

Up to three extra trains an hour for Bromsgrove

posted on 25 July 2018

Electrification means more Cross City services for the station from this weekend

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Passengers to see benefits of fresh rail partnership deal

Passengers to see benefits of fresh rail partnership deal

posted on 12 June 2018

Rolling out the Swift smartcard and boosting ticket availability are just some of more than 100 targets to benefit West Midlands rail passengers through a new rail partnership deal.

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Stations Fit for the Future Conference

Stations Fit for the Future Conference

posted on 07 June 2018

West Midlands Rail are proud to have supported the ATCO National Rail Conference 2018, Stations fit for the Future.

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Kenilworth gets its first train service in more than half a century as new station opens

Kenilworth gets its first train service in more than half a century as new station opens

posted on 30 April 2018

Boost for town's economy as improvements to region's network continue

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New era of better trains and services as control of region’s rail network moves into local hands

New era of better trains and services as control of region’s rail network moves into local hands

posted on 04 December 2017

New franchise to be jointly managed by West Midlands Rail bringing a near £1 billion investment into the local network

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£680 million investment in new trains welcomed

£680 million investment in new trains welcomed

posted on 18 October 2017

New carriages will bring more space, more services and improved comfort for passengers.

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Near £1 billion investment to bring new trains, extra seats and more frequent services

Near £1 billion investment to bring new trains, extra seats and more frequent services

posted on 10 August 2017

More frequent services, new trains and extra seats lined up for passengers under franchise deal.

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Proposed upgrades to region's rail network welcomed

Proposed upgrades to region's rail network welcomed

posted on 04 August 2017

Network Rail study sets out package of infrastructure improvements that could boost the Midlands economy by £2 billion

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New names at West Midlands Rail

New names at West Midlands Rail

posted on 19 May 2017

West Midlands Rail has made two key new appointments in preparation for the new local franchise starting in the autumn.

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New look for local trains unveiled

New look for local trains unveiled

posted on 30 January 2017

Livery redesign for when management of the regional network is put into local hands later this year.

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Chancellor announces Autumn Statement cash for Midlands Rail Hub

Chancellor announces Autumn Statement cash for Midlands Rail Hub

posted on 23 November 2016

Autumn Statement Midlands Rail Hub funding announcement welcomed.

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West Midlands Rail Stakeholder Conference 2016

West Midlands Rail Stakeholder Conference 2016

posted on 03 November 2016

On Thursday 3rd November 2016, the inagural West Midlands Rail Stakeholder Conference took place in Birmingham.

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Local rail passengers in line for major improvements from next year

Local rail passengers in line for major improvements from next year

posted on 30 August 2016

Rail passengers will enjoy extra capacity, more frequent services and free Wi-Fi under a new, locally managed rail network for the West Midlands, it was confirmed today (Tuesday August 30).

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West Midlands Rail responds to InterCity West Coast franchise consultation

West Midlands Rail responds to InterCity West Coast franchise consultation

posted on 26 August 2016

A re-named and modernised Birmingham International station and an InterCity hub for the Black Country are among measures being proposed by the public body which will oversee rail transport in the West Midlands from next year.

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West Midlands Rail welcomes shortlisted bidders to run region's trains

West Midlands Rail welcomes shortlisted bidders to run region's trains

posted on 07 April 2016

West Midlands Rail, the company set up by local authorities to improve passenger services, today (Thursday April 7) welcomed news that three operators have been shortlisted to run the region's trains from 2017 onwards.

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Devolution of rail powers continues to make progress

Devolution of rail powers continues to make progress

posted on 02 March 2016

Proposals to give the West Midlands greater control over its local rail services are progressing, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin told political leaders today (March 2).

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Walsall public to have their say at rail consultation event

Walsall public to have their say at rail consultation event

posted on 25 February 2016

Rail passengers, businesses and residents in Walsall will be able to have their say on the future of the region's rail services at a public event in the city.

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Worcester public to have their say at rail consultation event

Worcester public to have their say at rail consultation event

posted on 19 February 2016

Rail passengers, businesses and residents in Worcester will be able to have their say on the future of the region's rail services at a public event in the city.

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Northampton public to have their say at rail consultation event

Northampton public to have their say at rail consultation event

posted on 19 February 2016

Rail passengers, businesses and residents in Northampton will be able to have their say on the future of the region's rail services at a public event in the city.

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West Midlands Rail: We are now on Twitter!

West Midlands Rail: We are now on Twitter!

posted on 10 February 2016

West Midlands Rail is now tweeting at @westmidsrail. We will be using this Twitter page to give updates on WMR and the work we are doing.

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Stafford public to have their say at rail consultation event

Stafford public to have their say at rail consultation event

posted on 09 February 2016

Rail passengers, businesses and residents in Stafford will be able to have their say on the future of the region's rail services at a public event in the city.

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Crewe public to have their say at rail consultation event

Crewe public to have their say at rail consultation event

posted on 08 February 2016

Rail passengers, businesses and residents in Crewe will be able to have their say on the future of the region's rail services at a public event in the city.

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Birmingham public to have their say at rail consultation events

Birmingham public to have their say at rail consultation events

posted on 02 February 2016

Rail passengers, businesses and residents in Birmingham will be able to have their say on the future of the region's rail services at two public events in the city next week.

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West Midlands Franchise: Public and stakeholder consultation

West Midlands Franchise: Public and stakeholder consultation

posted on 15 December 2015

West Midlands Rail has been working alongside the Department for Transport to produce a joint public consultation seeking the views of the public and stakeholders on rail services and stations for the next West Midlands rail franchise. This covers all services currently operated by London Midland under the existing franchise agreement which is due to end in October 2017.

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Work to give West Midlands greater influence over rail services gathers pace

Work to give West Midlands greater influence over rail services gathers pace

posted on 03 December 2015

Negotiations to give the West Midlands greater influence over its local rail network and secure improved services for passengers took a major step forward today.

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West Midlands submits bid to have more responsibility for local rail services

West Midlands submits bid to have more responsibility for local rail services

posted on 25 September 2014

Councils from across the West Midlands today (September 25) approved a formal proposition to Government to put more responsibility for the region's rail services in local hands.

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