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Significant improvements for passengers when electric trains are introduced between Walsall and Rugeley

Significant improvements for passengers when electric trains are introduced between Walsall and Rugeley

Press releases   •   May 10, 2019 14:22 BST

There will be significant improvements to train services between Walsall and Rugeley this May, as electric trains start operating to the Chase Line. The first electric train carrying passengers travelled on the line today (Friday 10 May), ahead of major timetable improvements to be introduced later this month.

Railway lost property money donated to charity

Railway lost property money donated to charity

Press releases   •   May 09, 2019 09:20 BST

Cash left on trains and at stations operated by London Northwestern Railway and West Midlands Railway will now be donated to charity. The train operators have handed over the first donation of money found as lost property on the rail network to Alzheimer’s Society - the company's staff-nominated charity partner for the year.

Jewellery Quarter BID becomes the first Business Improvement District in the UK to adopt a station

Jewellery Quarter BID becomes the first Business Improvement District in the UK to adopt a station

Press releases   •   May 08, 2019 12:05 BST

A new community group led by the Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (JQBID) aims to bring a new lease of life to the Jewellery Quarter Station. Through a range of projects and activities and with support from West Midlands Railway, the group has set out to improve the attractiveness of the station, making it a more welcoming and friendly place for visitors, residents and workers.

Whistle Stop Tours signal upcoming timetable improvements

Whistle Stop Tours signal upcoming timetable improvements

Press releases   •   May 07, 2019 08:01 BST

Rail passengers at stations along the West Coast Mainline will be able to find out more about upcoming timetable improvements over the next two weeks. London Northwestern Railway will be hosting a number of ‘Whistle Stop Tour' events at stations, as well as providing senior management on trains across the network to remind passengers of changes to services coming this Spring.

Cross City Heroes to receive railway station recognition

Cross City Heroes to receive railway station recognition

Press releases   •   May 03, 2019 08:50 BST

​Heroic groups from across the West Midlands will be receiving special recognition at local Cross City line stations this summer. 24 local community groups and charities have been given the title of Cross City Heroes, following a competition run by West Midlands Railway and West Midlands Rail Executive.

​Advice for rail passengers travelling this weekend

​Advice for rail passengers travelling this weekend

Press releases   •   May 02, 2019 10:17 BST

London Northwestern Railway passengers are being advised to plan ahead if they intend to travel this weekend (from Saturday 4 until Monday 6 May). Essential planned improvement work will be taking place at London Euston and also between Crewe and Liverpool Lime Street.

Successful test run of the first Class 172/0 via Kenilworth

Successful test run of the first Class 172/0 via Kenilworth

Press releases   •   May 01, 2019 15:54 BST

The first test run of a Class 172/0 has been successfully completed between Leamington Spa and Nuneaton. On Sunday 28 April, the four carriage train, made up of two units cascaded from London Overground, made it’s first through journey between the two stations.

Whistle Stop Tours signal upcoming timetable improvements

Whistle Stop Tours signal upcoming timetable improvements

Press releases   •   May 01, 2019 12:49 BST

Rail passengers at stations and on trains across the West Midlands will be able to find out more about upcoming timetable improvements over the next few weeks. West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway will be hosting a number of ‘Whistle Stop Tour' events at stations, as well as providing senior management on trains across the network.

Wolverhampton station artwork celebrates city landmarks and history

Wolverhampton station artwork celebrates city landmarks and history

Press releases   •   Apr 29, 2019 11:39 BST

An impressive new piece of artwork can now be found in the waiting room on platform one at Wolverhampton station. The large mural, which measures over 10 metres wide and 3 metres tall, has been produced by local student Coree Bridgen.

​Redditch Tour Series – the count down begins!

​Redditch Tour Series – the count down begins!

Press releases   •   Apr 25, 2019 09:01 BST

​Organisers, sponsors and Pro Riders have come together to celebrate the Redditch Ovo Energy Tour Series being just two weeks away! The race gets 'back into gear' on Thursday 9th May and is the first race in this season's Tour Series Programme.

New group on track to spruce up Stourbridge stations

New group on track to spruce up Stourbridge stations

Press releases   •   Apr 24, 2019 10:01 BST

A new community group has been formed to bring a new lease of life to Stourbridge Junction and Stourbridge Town railway stations – and it’s looking for new members. Friends of Stourbridge Stations (FOSS) will be looking to spruce up the two railway stations, by creating colourful new floral displays and running community activities throughout the year.

First Class 230 begins passenger services between Bletchley and Bedford

First Class 230 begins passenger services between Bletchley and Bedford

Press releases   •   Apr 23, 2019 06:18 BST

The first Class 230 D Train has entered passenger service on the Marston Vale line this morning (Tuesday 23 April). Unit 230004 is now in service on the route between Bletchley and Bedford. The train, which has been developed by Vivarail, will provide extra capacity and improved customer experience for passengers on the line.

Entries now open for prestigious Community Rail Awards

Entries now open for prestigious Community Rail Awards

Press releases   •   Apr 17, 2019 15:59 BST

The search for the excellence in the community rail movement begins today (17 April 2019) as entries open for the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) Community Rail Awards. The awards, now in its fifteenth year, celebrates and rewards the innovation and hard work from the unsung stars of the community rail movement.

New map to give more confidence to disabled rail passengers

New map to give more confidence to disabled rail passengers

Press releases   •   Apr 17, 2019 12:22 BST

The rail industry is launching a new interactive map which will make it easy for passengers to find out about accessibility at stations, helping to boost their confidence to travel by train. This is part of the industry’s wider programme of work to improve access to rail and deliver long-term change.

Over £1m recovered from ticketless rail travellers in the past year

Over £1m recovered from ticketless rail travellers in the past year

Press releases   •   Apr 16, 2019 08:38 BST

Over £1m of revenue has been recovered from ticketless rail travellers using London Northwestern Railway and West Midlands Railway services over the past 12 months. Revenue protection managers at the train operators recovered a total of £1,284,746 of unpaid fares during the financial year to April 2019.

Advice for passengers travelling over the Easter weekend

Advice for passengers travelling over the Easter weekend

Press releases   •   Apr 15, 2019 14:03 BST

London Northwestern Railway passengers are being advised to plan ahead if they intend to travel this weekend (from Friday 19 until Monday 22 April). Essential planned improvement work will be taking place at London Euston, Liverpool Lime Street, and on the West Coast Mainline between Rugby and Birmingham International.

RoSPA Gold Award for West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway

RoSPA Gold Award for West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway

Press releases   •   Apr 12, 2019 14:50 BST

A Gold Award for health and safety practices has been presented to West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway. The train operators have been recognised for an ongoing commitment to ensuring that staff, customers and contractors get home safely at the end of every day.

Thousands of volunteers across Britain bring stations and railways into the heart of communities

Thousands of volunteers across Britain bring stations and railways into the heart of communities

Press releases   •   Apr 11, 2019 15:30 BST

​A report out today (11 April) has revealed that a hidden army of 8,500 ‘community rail’ volunteers give nearly 400,000 hours a year to bring local railway lines and stations back into the heart of their communities – promoting sustainable travel, empowering communities, and benefitting health, wellbeing and social inclusion.

Thousands of volunteers across Britain bring stations and railways into the heart of communities

Thousands of volunteers across Britain bring stations and railways into the heart of communities

Press releases   •   Apr 11, 2019 15:30 BST

​A report out today (11 April) has revealed that a hidden army of 8,500 ‘community rail’ volunteers give nearly 400,000 hours a year to bring local railway lines and stations back into the heart of their communities – promoting sustainable travel, empowering communities, and benefitting health, wellbeing and social inclusion.

Jess Phillips MP welcomes scheme to improve access at Stechford station

Jess Phillips MP welcomes scheme to improve access at Stechford station

Press releases   •   Apr 08, 2019 14:25 BST

Stechford station in Birmingham is being fitted with new lifts, ramps and a footbridge to make it more accessible for West Midlands Railway passengers. Jess Phillips MP visited the site on Friday 5 April to see the progress on the £3.9m project so far.