West Midlands Railway is looking for the region’s Cross City Heroes.
The train operator has opened a competition to find deserving community groups near to stations along the line between Redditch/Bromsgrove, Birmingham New Street and Lichfield.
It is part of celebrations to mark the 40 year anniversary of the line, which has grown to become the busiest commuter route outside of London.
These Cross City Heroes could be local charities, young people’s clubs, sports teams or other community groups who make a difference to the lives of people in the area.
West Midlands Railway would like to find those who may not have received the recognition they deserve and would like to hear how they are making an impact to those around them.
A group will then be selected for each of the 24 West Midlands Railway stations on the route.
Winning groups will receive a plaque of recognition at their local station, a VIP visit to see the new trains for the route, and 10 free tickets for journeys across the West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway networks, to aid in their fundraising efforts.
Fay Easton, head of stakeholder and community for West Midlands Railway, said: “It would be fantastic to get a representative group based in the locality of each of our 24 Cross City Line stations. The route is such a key part of many communities, and there is so much going on in every one of these areas. If you know of or are part of a group near a Cross City line station, please do make a nomination and get involved.”
Cllr Roger Lawrence, chair of West Midlands Rail Executive and West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) portfolio holder for transport, said: “The Cross City line is by far our busiest commuter rail route and now carries more than 55,000 passengers every day. This is due to the significant investment we have put into the route over the years including the extension down to Bromsgrove in July this year which saw the first electric services starting to and from the town.
“We believe local rail lines are an important part of any local community and to mark the Cross City Line’s 40th anniversary we wanted to highlight and acknowledge some of the selfless work people in those communities are doing to help others.”
Groups can be nominated online at westmidlandsrailway.co.uk/crosscityheroes.
Entries will close on 31 March and winners announced mid April.
You can follow the progress of the campaign on social media at #crosscityheroes
All nominations will be assessed by the West Midlands Railway team, in conjunction with West Midlands Rail Executive.
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List of West Midlands Railway Cross City Line stations:
- Barnt Green
- Kings Norton
- Selly Oak
- Five Ways
- Gravelly Hill
- Chester Road
- Wylde Green
- Sutton Coldfield
- Four Oaks
- Butlers Lane
- Blake Street
- Lichfield City
- Lichfield Trent Valley
About West Midlands Trains
West Midlands Trains operates both West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway services.
- London Northwestern Railway services operate between Liverpool and Birmingham, and on the West Coast mainline to and from London Euston.
- West Midlands Railway services operate to destinations across the West Midlands via Birmingham New Street.
The West Midlands Trains franchise started on 10 December 2017 and will run until 2025/26.
West Midlands Trains operates 1,300 services a day, manages 150 stations and provides over 70 million passenger journeys a year. Over the course of the franchise, West Midlands Trains will be investing £1 billion into the rail network to deliver new trains, improved routes and station upgrades. This will include 400 new train carriages across the network and space for an extra 85,000 passengers into Birmingham and London at peak times.
The franchise is a joint venture between Abellio (70.1% share) and East Japan Railway Company / Mitsui & Co., Ltd (29.9% share in a 50:50 split). Abellio is the international passenger transport subsidiary of the Dutch national railway company, Nederlandse Spoorwegen. In the UK, Abelllio operates ScotRail and Greater Anglia train services, Merseyrail services in a joint venture with Serco and buses through Abellio London. For more information visit www.abellio.com
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