Media contacts

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

Steve Swingler

Phone:
0121 214 7073

07887 794 241

Email:
steveswingler@wmca.org.uk

Mark Langford

Phone:
0121 214 7278

07824 626 952

Email:
marklangford@wmca.org.uk

Sue Parker

Phone:
0121 214 7073

07917 456 866

Email:
sueparker@wmca.org.uk

News

£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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Recruitment for Franchise Delivery Officer

Recruitment for Franchise Delivery Officer

posted on 08 August 2017

We are currently in the process of recruiting for the WMR Franhcise Delivery Officer who will be an important contributor in delivering our challenging agenda.

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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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West Midlands Rail Business Unit Manager

West Midlands Rail Business Unit Manager

posted on 28 October 2016

West Midlands Rail are recruiting a Business Unit Manager who will be responsible for managing the Franchise Agreement on behalf of the DfT and West Midlands Rail (WMR) for the West Midlands Business Unit of the West Midlands Franchise.

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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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