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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).

Northampton station to host special BBC Music Day performance

Northampton station to host special BBC Music Day performance

Press releases   •   Sep 24, 2018 09:05 BST

Northampton station will be hosting a special choral celebration later this week, as part of this year’s BBC Music Day. Northampton Male Voice Choir will be performing at the station as part of the nationwide ‘Platform to Perform' themed spectacle.

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.

Milton Keynes station to host special BBC Music Day performance

Milton Keynes station to host special BBC Music Day performance

Press releases   •   Sep 19, 2018 13:40 BST

Milton Keynes station will be alive with the sound of an a cappella chorus next week, to mark this year’s BBC Music Day. Local choir, Junction 14 Ladies A Cappella, will be performing a special set at the station as part of the nationwide ‘Platform to Perform' themed spectacle.

Disruption to services due to signalling centre evacuation

Disruption to services due to signalling centre evacuation

Press releases   •   Sep 18, 2018 22:56 BST

There is disruption to train services this evening (18 Sept) due to an evacuation of the signalling centre at Rugby. There are currently no trains to or from London Euston and trains are also affected between Liverpool Lime Street and Birmingham New Street.

London Northwestern Railway celebrates 180 years since the first train between London and Birmingham

London Northwestern Railway celebrates 180 years since the first train between London and Birmingham

Press releases   •   Sep 17, 2018 10:48 BST

London Northwestern Railway has been celebrating 180 years of history this morning (Monday 17 September) by marking the anniversary of the very first train to operate between London and Birmingham. On 17 September 1838, the company known as London and Northwestern Railway, operated the first departure from London Euston.

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.

Stone station takes part in RAF centenary celebrations

Stone station takes part in RAF centenary celebrations

Press releases   •   Sep 03, 2018 09:30 BST

On Sunday 9 September, Stone station will be helping to celebrate 100 years of the Royal Air Force. Members of the local Stone and Stafford branches of the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) will pass over a commemorative RAF token as it travels across the country. The token will eventually arrive at the Birmingham Military Tattoo on 24 November.

Siemens and West Midlands Trains to open their doors to support Rail Week 2018

Siemens and West Midlands Trains to open their doors to support Rail Week 2018

Press releases   •   Aug 29, 2018 15:30 BST

This autumn, families and rail users are invited to a behind-the-scenes tour of Kings Heath Traincare depot and the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR) in Northampton. On Saturday 13 October, the two facilities will open their doors to the public as part of Rail Week 2018 and Government initiative ‘Year of Engineering’.

Euston closure reminder: Do not travel on West Coast main line this weekend

Euston closure reminder: Do not travel on West Coast main line this weekend

Press releases   •   Aug 29, 2018 15:15 BST

West Coast main line train passengers are being urged not to travel to and from London this weekend when Euston station will be closed for the final stage of work to replace North Wembley junction. Customers are instead being advised to plan their journeys on dates other than 1-2 September – or risk far longer, busier and less comfortable journeys than normal.

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.