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West Midlands Trains to play central role at 2022 Games

West Midlands Trains to play central role at 2022 Games

Press Releases   •   Apr 15, 2018 13:31 BST

​As the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast comes to a close, West Midlands Trains has further pledged its support to make the Birmingham spectacle in 2022 a success.

Wolverhampton joins West Midlands Railway family

Wolverhampton joins West Midlands Railway family

Press Releases   •   Apr 03, 2018 16:51 BST

West Midlands Railway has taken charge of Wolverhampton station, replacing previous operator, Virgin Trains.

Birmingham International Dance Festival announces the full festival line-up, plus new partnerships and commissions

Birmingham International Dance Festival announces the full festival line-up, plus new partnerships and commissions

Press Releases   •   Mar 28, 2018 17:16 BST

​Award-winning Birmingham International Dance Festival (BIDF) reveals the programme for its sixth festival in 1 – 24 June 2018.

West Midlands Trains to give jobseekers a helping hand

West Midlands Trains to give jobseekers a helping hand

Press Releases   •   Mar 26, 2018 13:32 BST

West Midlands Trains has welcomed efforts by the UK rail industry to encourage jobseekers to participate in schemes allowing discounted travel to and from interviews and work. The train operator also says it has more plans in the pipeline to help those seeking employment.

Disruption to services operating between Hereford and Ledbury

Disruption to services operating between Hereford and Ledbury

Press Releases   •   Mar 22, 2018 16:44 GMT

Network Rail is investigating an issue with the track between Hereford and Ledbury. Trains can continue to run between Birmingham and Ledbury but there will also be some cancellations and delays between Worcester and Ledbury.

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No trains between Lichfield, Sutton Coldfield and Birmingham this morning

Press Releases   •   Mar 19, 2018 07:49 GMT

Following damage to the overhead line equipment near Sutton Coldfield, there will be no trains between Lichfield/Four Oaks and Birmingham New Street until further notice. Alternative road transport is being provided between Lichfield and Sutton Coldfield; rail tickets are being accepted on National Express West Midlands buses between Sutton Coldfield and Birmingham city centre.

Travel early to avoid disruption tonight

Travel early to avoid disruption tonight

Press Releases   •   Mar 02, 2018 12:30 GMT

London Northwestern Railway (LNR) and West Midlands Railway (WMR) are advising passengers to travel early to avoid delays. Ticket restrictions have been lifted to help travel early. Severe weather is affecting all LNR and WMR routes. The train companies say passengers can expect disruption and cancellations for the remainder of the day.

Snow Update: West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway

Snow Update: West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway

Press Releases   •   Mar 02, 2018 06:02 GMT

Customers encouraged to check before they travel with reduced services on Birmingham's Cross City Line, to and from Worcester and Hereford, and between St Albans and Watford.

West Midlands Trains supports Year of Engineering

West Midlands Trains supports Year of Engineering

Press Releases   •   Jan 15, 2018 10:50 GMT

West Midlands Trains is getting behind a government drive to encourage more young people to get into engineering. The engineering industry estimates it will need 186,000 skilled recruits each year to 2024. The company is investing £70 million in train maintenance facilities. The extra facilities will be needed to support £700 million worth of new trains on order for the two networks.

Train companies thank passengers as railway fully reopens after successful Christmas upgrade work

Train companies thank passengers as railway fully reopens after successful Christmas upgrade work

Press Releases   •   Jan 03, 2018 09:06 GMT

​The railway between London Euston and the northwest has reopened on time after a successful programme of upgrades over Christmas and the New Year. As part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan, work was carried out from London to Lancaster and across the West Midlands as tracks were renewed, signals were upgraded and whole bridges replaced over Christmas Day, Boxing Day and into the New Year.

West Midlands Trains pledges support to Birmingham Games

West Midlands Trains pledges support to Birmingham Games

Press Releases   •   Dec 21, 2017 09:33 GMT

​West Midlands Trains has pledged its support to making the Birmingham Commonwealth Games the ‘best ever’. Almost £1 billion being invested in rail services before the games.

Check before you travel over Christmas and New Year

Check before you travel over Christmas and New Year

Press Releases   •   Dec 18, 2017 09:27 GMT

Local train operator, West Midlands Railway, is advising passengers to check before they travel over the Christmas and New Year period. Track upgrade work and different travel patterns means changes to timetables over the festive period. However this year train operators are reminding commuters that some timetable changes will still be in effect after the holidays on January 2.

Railway investment means changes to trains in the West Midlands this Christmas and New Year

Railway investment means changes to trains in the West Midlands this Christmas and New Year

Press Releases   •   Dec 12, 2017 14:59 GMT

Train customers in the West Midlands are being urged to plan journeys in advance and allow extra time over the festive period while work takes place to make the railway more reliable.

West Midlands Trains Finalises £680m Deal For New Trains With Bombardier and CAF

West Midlands Trains Finalises £680m Deal For New Trains With Bombardier and CAF

Press Releases   •   Dec 12, 2017 14:25 GMT

Abellio, JR East and Mitsui have today finalised their deal with Bombardier Trains and Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) to manufacture 107 new trains for the new West Midlands franchise, which commenced this Sunday. The financing is being led by Corelink Rail Infrastructure, a joint venture between Infracapital and Deutsche Asset Management.

West Midlands Trains starts £1 billion investment into the UK rail network

West Midlands Trains starts £1 billion investment into the UK rail network

Press Releases   •   Dec 11, 2017 17:21 GMT

Today marks the start of the £1 billion investment into the West Midlands franchise network by West Midlands Trains (WMT), a joint venture between Abellio, JR East and Mitsui.

Check before you travel on Monday

Check before you travel on Monday

Press Releases   •   Dec 10, 2017 19:01 GMT

London Northwestern Railway and West Midlands Railway are advising passengers to check before they travel on Monday ( 11 December). Both operators plan to run as full a service as possible. However further snow falls and freezing temperatures overnight may make road access to stations and depots difficult.

Do Not Travel

Do Not Travel

Press Releases   •   Dec 10, 2017 10:37 GMT

Local train operators are advising passengers not to travel this Sunday. London Northwestern Railway and West Midlands Railway are attempting to run as many trains as possible. However poor road conditions are preventing key staff from getting to work. This will lead to a significant amount of delays and cancellations throughout the day.

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Merseyrail’s Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde appointed Managing Director of West Midlands Trains

Merseyrail’s Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde appointed Managing Director of West Midlands Trains

News   •   Nov 30, 2017 16:17 GMT

Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde has today been appointed as Managing Director of West Midlands Trains, which will take over the next West Midlands franchise on 10 December. He joins from Merseyrail where he has been MD since 2015.

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West Midlands Trains' Top Team Announced

News   •   Nov 30, 2017 16:17 GMT

​Following last week’s announcement that Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde has been appointed Managing Director of West Midlands Trains (WMT), his top team for the franchise has now been announced.