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Additional carriages for busy commuter services to and from Birmingham Snow Hill

Additional carriages for busy commuter services to and from Birmingham Snow Hill

Press releases   •   Jul 04, 2019 13:17 BST

Changes will be made to of some of West Midlands Railway’s busiest commuter trains to and from Birmingham from next week, following feedback from passengers. The biggest timetable shake-up in over 10 years has been good news for many rail passengers with direct services to more destinations, faster journeys on many routes and more seats to and from Birmingham everyday.

Passengers benefit as cashless Japanese vending machines debut in West Midlands

Passengers benefit as cashless Japanese vending machines debut in West Midlands

Press releases   •   Jul 04, 2019 10:44 BST

Passengers using one of Birmingham’s busiest stations can now benefit from the latest in Japanese technology with the arrival of new cashless vending machines. The machines, unveiled at Snow Hill, include screens displaying real-time train information for passengers as well as informative maps of the local area and rail routes.

Next phase of Kidderminster station improvements to begin later this month

Next phase of Kidderminster station improvements to begin later this month

Press releases   •   Jul 03, 2019 16:48 BST

Work to modernise Kidderminster station takes another step forward later this month. Making way for the new bigger and better glass fronted station building, the current ticket office is soon to be demolished. Whilst this next phase of essential works takes place, temporary forecourt arrangements will be in place from Monday 15 July.

Local book lovers recognised as Cross City Heroes in Sutton Coldfield

Local book lovers recognised as Cross City Heroes in Sutton Coldfield

Press releases   •   Jul 03, 2019 10:59 BST

Local library supporters in Sutton Coldfield have been celebrating their recognition as Cross City Heroes. FOLIO Sutton Coldfield has been recognised as part of the West Midlands Railway ‘Cross City Heroes’ initiative, which celebrates contributions to communities along the popular rail line.

Funding announced to encourage more people to cycle to their local railway station

Funding announced to encourage more people to cycle to their local railway station

Press releases   •   Jun 26, 2019 13:09 BST

Over £740,000 is being spent on improving cycle facilities at London Northwestern Railway and West Midlands Railway stations across the network. The Department for Transport has awarded the train operators £371,000 of funding through their Cycle Rail programme, representing around 6% of the total awarded nationally. This is being match funded to help deliver an extensive improvement programme.

Birmingham runners mark Cross City Heroes win

Birmingham runners mark Cross City Heroes win

Press releases   •   Jun 25, 2019 12:30 BST

Runners in Erdington braved the rain and pulled on their sports gear to celebrate the Run Birmingham group being recognised as Cross City Heroes.

Local Samba band celebrates railway plaque award

Local Samba band celebrates railway plaque award

Press releases   •   Jun 25, 2019 10:05 BST

Local Samba performers have been celebrating their recognition as local community heroes. North Worcestershire based Someone at the Door Samba Band (SATD) have been showing off their Cross City Heroes plaque, as they celebrate their award for contributions to the local area.

Bournville Scouts unveil railway station plaque

Bournville Scouts unveil railway station plaque

Press releases   •   Jun 24, 2019 14:10 BST

Members of 1st Bournville Scout Group have unveiled their Cross City Heroes plaque at Bournville railway station. At a special ceremony, attended by Scout Group leaders, members, the local commissioner and Chairman of Friends of Cotteridge Park, the group celebrated being nominated as a group to have made a significant impact in the local area.

Friends 2 Friends mark Cross City Heroes win at Lichfield Trent Valley

Friends 2 Friends mark Cross City Heroes win at Lichfield Trent Valley

Press releases   •   Jun 24, 2019 10:05 BST

Members of a Lichfield community group for adults with learning disabilities joined the celebrations as a permanent plaque marking their achievements was unveiled at Lichfield Trent Valley railway station. The Friends 2 Friends group were recognised through the West Midlands Railway ‘Cross City Heroes’ initiative, which celebrates contributions to communities along the popular rail line.

West Midlands Railway supports successful Clean Air Day event hosted by Colmore BID

West Midlands Railway supports successful Clean Air Day event hosted by Colmore BID

Press releases   •   Jun 21, 2019 15:39 BST

​West Midlands Railway joined other local transport providers, politicians, health advisers and members of the public in Birmingham city centre yesterday (Thursday 20 June) for Clean Air Day 2019. Clean Air Day is an annual event, which is part of a UK wide campaign to tackle air pollution, by encouraging people and society as a whole to adopt more environmentally friendly behaviour.

All aboard for this year's Sutton Games!

All aboard for this year's Sutton Games!

Press releases   •   Jun 21, 2019 14:21 BST

​Organisers of the Sutton Coldfield Community Games say they are preparing to deliver their ‘best event yet’ as the countdown to the popular town event begins in earnest. With just three weeks now to go until the jam-packed event returns to Wyndley Leisure Centre, the team behind the two-day sporting extravaganza have revealed two new sponsors generously supporting the popular event.

Railway staff uniform wins ‘Best Design of the Year’ award

Railway staff uniform wins ‘Best Design of the Year’ award

Press releases   •   Jun 21, 2019 10:02 BST

New uniform for London Northwestern Railway and West Midlands Railway employees has won ‘Best Design of the Year’ at the 2019 Professional Clothing Awards. Staff at the train operators were issued with new uniforms earlier this year, following months of consultation to put together the final design.

​Dads travel for free this Father’s Day

​Dads travel for free this Father’s Day

Press releases   •   Jun 13, 2019 14:05 BST

West Midlands Railway is offering an exclusive treat for dads this weekend, with free train travel on Father’s Day (Sunday 16 June). Special ‘Dads Go Free’ tickets will be available to purchase from railway station ticket offices in advance or on the day, when dads travel by train with their children.

Scouts Bromsgrove celebrate Cross City Heroes win

Scouts Bromsgrove celebrate Cross City Heroes win

Press releases   •   Jun 12, 2019 13:10 BST

Members of Scouts Bromsgrove have been celebrating their Cross City Heroes win. Children from the group took a trip on the Cross City Line over the weekend (Sat 9 June) to take a look at their plaque, ahead of it’s permanent display at Barnt Green station this summer.

Additional trains for Cosford Air Show this weekend

Additional trains for Cosford Air Show this weekend

Press releases   •   Jun 07, 2019 10:05 BST

​West Midlands Railway will be putting on additional train services this Sunday (9 June) for visitors to the annual Cosford Air Show. It comes just weeks after the train operator introduced hourly Sunday train services on the route between Shrewsbury, Wolverhampton and Birmingham.

​Railway staff donate over ten tonnes of old uniform to The Salvation Army

​Railway staff donate over ten tonnes of old uniform to The Salvation Army

Press releases   •   Jun 06, 2019 13:05 BST

London Northwestern Railway and West Midlands Railway staff have donated over ten tonnes of old uniform to The Salvation Army. It comes following the successful roll out of new uniforms to over 2000 staff at the train operators earlier this year.

A boost for Community Rail in the Heart of England

A boost for Community Rail in the Heart of England

Press releases   •   Jun 05, 2019 12:17 BST

West Midlands Railway is playing a key role in an exciting new partnership to support and promote community engagement at railway stations across the Heart of England. The train operator has joined with ten other organisations to form the ‘Heart of England Community Rail Partnership’ (CRP).

Astwood Bank Scouts celebrate Cross City Heroes win at Redditch station

Astwood Bank Scouts celebrate Cross City Heroes win at Redditch station

Press releases   •   May 31, 2019 14:35 BST

Members of 1st Astwood Bank Scout Group have been celebrating their Cross City Heroes win at Redditch railway station. The group has been chosen as one of 24 community organisations to receive a plaque of recognition at local railway stations on the popular Cross City Line between Redditch / Bromsgrove, Birmingham and Lichfield.

Rail passengers reminded of zero tolerance approach to staff abuse

Rail passengers reminded of zero tolerance approach to staff abuse

Press releases   •   May 23, 2019 14:46 BST

Rail passengers are being reminded that there is a zero tolerance approach taken towards the abuse of staff on the rail network. It comes following an incident at Four Oaks station last week (15 May), which resulted in a Birmingham woman receiving a four month prison sentence for assaulting both railway staff and an off duty West Midlands Police officer.

​Rail passengers across Worcestershire, Herefordshire and South Staffordshire reminded to check their train times ahead of changes being introduced this weekend

​Rail passengers across Worcestershire, Herefordshire and South Staffordshire reminded to check their train times ahead of changes being introduced this weekend

Press releases   •   May 13, 2019 16:05 BST

Rail passengers are being reminded to check their train times, as major changes are introduced across the rail network this weekend. West Midlands Railway is implementing a new timetable from Sunday (19 May), bringing improvements for passengers across Worcestershire, Hereford and South Staffordshire