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Leaves off the line: leaf-busting locos and autumn timetable to keep Cross City line passengers moving

Leaves off the line: leaf-busting locos and autumn timetable to keep Cross City line passengers moving

Press Releases   •   Oct 09, 2018 12:27 BST

A fleet of four specialist trains and a new and improved timetable will help keep customers moving on the Cross City line this autumn.

Security roadshow heads to Birmingham Snow Hill

Security roadshow heads to Birmingham Snow Hill

Press Releases   •   Oct 09, 2018 09:15 BST

Commuters at Birmingham Snow Hill are being encouraged to consider safety and security on railway this week, as an interactive roadshow heads to the station. London Northwestern Railway’s revenue and security team will be joining colleagues from the British Transport Police, Network Rail and others for the event, which is taking place on the station concourse.

Great Malvern to become the home of innovation during annual technology festival

Great Malvern to become the home of innovation during annual technology festival

Press Releases   •   Oct 03, 2018 09:05 BST

Great Malvern station will become ‘The Innovation Station’ next week, as part of this year’s Malvern Festival of Innovation. West Midlands Railway is an official travel partner for this year’s celebration, with visitors encouraged to use regular ‘innovation shuttles’ to and from the event.

West Midlands Trains wins award for mental health awareness campaign

West Midlands Trains wins award for mental health awareness campaign

Press Releases   •   Oct 01, 2018 10:01 BST

West Midlands Trains has been recognised for working to raise awareness of mental health issues, at this year’s Institute of Internal Communications (IoIC) awards. The train operator has won Best Ongoing Campaign at this year’s awards, for it's ‘Hear to Listen’ initiative.

Historic day as full demolition starts on city railway station

Historic day as full demolition starts on city railway station

Press Releases   •   Sep 28, 2018 14:27 BST

Today (Friday 28 September) marks a historic moment for the City of Wolverhampton as machines begin full demolition of the city’s railway station. It is the next stage in delivering a £150 million transport hub to provide an attractive commercial gateway to those entering the city by national rail, bus or tram.

New passenger assistance app to be rolled out across the rail industry

New passenger assistance app to be rolled out across the rail industry

Press Releases   •   Sep 28, 2018 08:30 BST

A new passenger assistance app is due to be rolled out across the rail industry from autumn 2019. London Northwestern Railway and West Midlands Railways are two of four train operators currently trialling the new system. The app will make it easier for customers to book help at stations and will give staff the tools they need to deliver a consistent and reliable service.

Improved leaf fall timetable for the Cross City commuters this autumn

Improved leaf fall timetable for the Cross City commuters this autumn

Press Releases   •   Sep 27, 2018 08:35 BST

West Midlands Railway is introducing a new leaf fall timetable on the Cross City line this year, aimed at reducing disruption for commuters travelling to and from Birmingham city centre. The autumn timetable will operate from Monday 15 October until Friday 7 December 2018, affecting services from Lichfield, through Birmingham New Street, to Redditch and Bromsgrove.

Designs unveiled for three new rail stations in Birmingham

Designs unveiled for three new rail stations in Birmingham

Press Releases   •   Sep 26, 2018 13:59 BST

Plans for three new Birmingham rail stations have today been unveiled as the reopening of the Camp Hill Line to passenger services takes another step forward. Under the proposals the line, reopened to passenger services for the first time since the Second World War, would initially have three stations at Moseley, Kings Heath and Hazelwell.

Railway staff recognised for language skills with custom name badges

Railway staff recognised for language skills with custom name badges

Press Releases   •   Sep 25, 2018 15:45 BST

Railway staff who speak multiple languages will be more identifiable across the London Northwestern Railway and West Midlands Railway networks from this week. Over 25 different languages are represented by staff in a range of roles, including French, Urdu, Arabic and British Sign Language (BSL).

Half price train tickets for 'Tyseley at 50' visitors

Half price train tickets for 'Tyseley at 50' visitors

Press Releases   •   Sep 21, 2018 11:04 BST

Railway enthusiasts heading to the ‘Tyseley at 50’ weekend can enjoy half price rail travel on West Midlands Railway services to and from the event. On Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September, Vintage Trains will be opening the doors of their restoration depot at Tyseley for the 50th year in a row.

Poetry for passengers at Kenilworth station café

Poetry for passengers at Kenilworth station café

Press Releases   •   Sep 12, 2018 10:10 BST

Passengers travelling through Kenilworth station can enjoy some poetry in the station’s community cafe over the next three weeks. Matt Black, who is from nearby Leamington Spa, will be visiting the station at various times to entertain customers. He will be performing until the start of Kenilworth Arts Festival on Thursday 20 September.

Station adopters celebrate 100 years of women’s rights at Widney Manor

Station adopters celebrate 100 years of women’s rights at Widney Manor

Press Releases   •   Sep 11, 2018 13:13 BST

Station adopters at Widney Manor are celebrating the centenary of the Suffragette movement with a themed display on the station platform. The group, who are all members of Soroptimist International Solihull & District Club, have created new planters with flowers and foliage in Suffragette colours, purple, white and green

Smethwick Rolfe Street to feature in Heritage Open Days line up

Smethwick Rolfe Street to feature in Heritage Open Days line up

Press Releases   •   Sep 10, 2018 15:57 BST

Smethwick Rolfe Street station will be welcoming visitors this weekend as part of this year’s Heritage Opens Days. West Midlands Railway operates the station, and will be marking the occasion between 1000 and 1600 on Saturday 15 September.

Disruption to trains on all routes via Birmingham Snow Hill this evening

Disruption to trains on all routes via Birmingham Snow Hill this evening

Press Releases   •   Sep 07, 2018 16:15 BST

There will be disruption to trains on all routes via Birmingham Snow Hill this evening. This is due to a number of issues on the route today.

Free travel for aspiring artists in Chelmsley Wood

Free travel for aspiring artists in Chelmsley Wood

Press Releases   •   Sep 07, 2018 14:20 BST

West Midlands Trains is supporting a group of aspiring artists from Chelmsley Wood, as they complete an exciting summer school programme in the city. The train operator is providing free travel for a group of young people between Marston Green and Birmingham New Street on Saturday 8th and Saturday 15th September.

Seats of Inspiration to arrive at Nuneaton

Seats of Inspiration to arrive at Nuneaton

Press Releases   •   Sep 05, 2018 09:18 BST

Benches at Nuneaton station are due a colourful transformation later this month as part of a project run by local art group, Art Alert. The collective, which has used space at the station for exhibitions since 2017, is dedicated to getting local people involved in arts and crafts.

West Midlands Railway sponsors The Albion Foundation

West Midlands Railway sponsors The Albion Foundation

Press Releases   •   Aug 29, 2018 10:02 BST

The Albion Foundation's Education Department will go in to the next academic year full steam ahead, thanks to a sponsorship deal with West Midlands Railway. The train operator will be sponsoring Albion's charity arm, with a particular focus on education in the local community.

Northamptonshire artist celebrates the freedom of train travel in 'No Boundaries' exhibition

Northamptonshire artist celebrates the freedom of train travel in 'No Boundaries' exhibition

Press Releases   •   Aug 28, 2018 12:13 BST

An aspiring artist from Norton, near Long Buckby, is featuring in a unique exhibition celebrating the freedom of train travel for those facing a range of accessibility challenges. Emma Johns is one of a group of artists who have produced pieces for the National Rail 'No Boundaries' display.

Railway reopens after successful bank holiday upgrades are completed on time

Railway reopens after successful bank holiday upgrades are completed on time

Press Releases   •   Aug 28, 2018 10:48 BST

London Euston station reopened today (Tuesday 28 August) after the second stage of work to replace North Wembley junction was completed. The railway between Birmingham International and Rugby has also reopened following work over the bank holiday weekend.

Extra train services for Godiva Festival visitors this weekend

Extra train services for Godiva Festival visitors this weekend

Press Releases   •   Aug 27, 2018 10:00 BST

West Midlands Railway is providing extra services for rail passengers travelling to Coventry for this year’s Godiva Festival. The free music and arts event, which takes place between Friday 31 August and Sunday 2 September, is expected to attract thousands of people to Coventry’s War Memorial Park.