Cross City Line Disruption
Due to a track fault, there are no services running on the Cross City Line this morning berween Redditch or Bromsgrove to Birmingham New Street.
Station volunteers hailed at Community Rail Conference
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
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.
Whistle Stop Tour gives passengers in Milton Keynes chance to have their say
Rail passengers using Milton Keynes Central station will be able to discuss this summer’s timetable changes next week.
Passengers benefit as cashless Japanese vending machine debuts in Northampton
Passengers using Northampton station can now benefit from the latest in Japanese technology with the arrival of new cashless vending machines. The state-of-the-art machine, unveiled at the station today, include screens displaying real-time train information for passengers as well as informative maps of the local area and rail routes.
Passengers benefit as cashless Japanese vending machines debut in West Midlands
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
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.
Funding announced to encourage more people to cycle to their local railway station
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
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 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
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
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 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.
New waiting room opened to help those with hidden disabilities at Crewe station
Passengers at Crewe station now have access to a new waiting room, specifically designed to offer those with hidden disabilities a safe and calm environment. The Calm Corner is the first of its kind on the rail network, brought to life through the work of train operators at the station, Network Rail and advice from a number of partner charities.
Scouts Bromsgrove celebrate Cross City Heroes win
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
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
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.
Railway lost property money donated to charity
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
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
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.