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Friendship group in Birmingham hailed as Cross City Heroes

Friendship group in Birmingham hailed as Cross City Heroes

Press releases   •   Oct 02, 2019 09:30 BST

​A remarkable community group which encourages friendship among people with different communication needs have celebrated being recognised as Cross City Heroes.

Birmingham primary school benefits from West Midlands Railway cycling investment

Birmingham primary school benefits from West Midlands Railway cycling investment

Press releases   •   Sep 19, 2019 09:30 BST

​Children at a primary school in Birmingham are feeling the benefit of a West Midlands Railway scheme to install thousands of cycle spaces on the rail network.

West Midlands railway lovers can head back in time at Heritage Open Day

West Midlands railway lovers can head back in time at Heritage Open Day

Press releases   •   Sep 05, 2019 13:00 BST

A rare glimpse of railway history will be on offer at a West Midlands Railway station as part of the Heritage Open Days event.

Free travel to University of Worcester Open Day under pilot scheme

Free travel to University of Worcester Open Day under pilot scheme

Press releases   •   Jul 16, 2019 14:00 BST

​Students considering studying at the University of Worcester can claim free travel on West Midlands Railway services when attending an Open Day under a new pilot scheme launched today.

Station volunteers hailed at Community Rail Conference

Station volunteers hailed at Community Rail Conference

Press releases   •   Jul 08, 2019 12:55 BST

​The crucial role played by community rail partnerships and station adopter groups up and down the country was highlighted at a Community Rail Conference hosted by West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway.

Ledbury station renamed for annual poetry festival

Ledbury station renamed for annual poetry festival

Press releases   •   Jul 05, 2019 10:05 BST

Passengers passing through Ledbury station over the next week will be visiting the official ‘Ledbury Junction for Poetry’. The railway station has been renamed in honour of the town’s week-long poetry festival which starts today.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.