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

posted on 04/12/17

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

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West Midlands Rail is a partnership sixteen Metropolitan District, Shire and Unitary local transport authorities seeking to gain greater local influence over the region's rail services

Birmingham New Street


West Midlands Rail have a four key work streams which will deliver significant benefits to the West Midlands.


West Midlands Franchise

West Midlands Railway currently operates over 1,300 services every weekday and serves 170 stations (directly managing 145) under a new franchise agreement managed by West Midlands Rail.

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The West Midlands Rail Board of Directors provide local democratic oversight for WMR. The Board is made up of Leaders or senior cabinet members appointed by each of our Partner Authorities.


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If you are interested in finding out more about WMR plans for the devolution of the West Midlands, please contact us at