The Company

West Midlands Rail Limited

West Midlands Rail is a company limited by guarantee, owned by the partner authorities, created with the purpose of specifiying and managing rail franchising for the West Midlands.

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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. The Board provide West Midlands Rail with strategic and policy guidance towards developing a new, local passenger rail franchise for the West Midlands, as well as gaining influence over other key routes across the region.

The Chair of West Midlands Rail Board is Cllr Roger Lawrence, Leader, City of Wolverhampton Council. The Vice Chair is Cllr Mark Winnington, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth Staffordshire County Council.

The Board is supported by an Officers' Rail Devolution Group comprising representatives from each Partner Authority.

Full Members:  Birmingham; Coventry; Dudley; Herefordshire; Northamptonshire; Sandwell; Solihull; Shropshire; Staffordshire; Telford and Wrekin; Walsall; Warwickshire; Wolverhampton; Worcestershire.

Affiliate Members: Cheshire East and Stoke on Trent.