New lease of life for Henley-in-Arden station as Network Rail’s chair Lord Peter Hendy opens new community space
Yesterday (Thursday 22 February), representatives from the Railway Heritage Trust, Henley-in-Arden Parish Council, West Midlands Railway, Friends of the Shakespeare Line and Friends of Henley Railway Station joined Network Rail’s Lord Peter Hendy to open Henley-in-Arden’s newly refurbished station building.
The original station building, which dates back to 1908, has been repurposed into a styl
Passengers thanked after West Coast main line reopens following emergency landslip repairs
Network Rail has thanked passengers after completing major repairs to stabilise a railway embankment on the West Coast main line after storms and heavy rain caused a landslip between Coventry and Rugby on Sunday 11 February.
The railway between London Euston and Birmingham reopened this afternoon (Tuesday 13 February) after rail engineers closed the line to secure the embankment allowing trai
West Midlands Railway: Class 730 fleet enters service between Wolverhampton and Walsall
A brand new West Midlands Railway (WMR) electric train fleet has carried its first passengers this week, marking the start of a new era of rail travel in the region.
The first Class 730 to carry passengers in the region was Monday's 10.41pm departure from Birmingham New Street to Wolverhampton. From today, the trains are operating services on the Wolverhampton-Walsall (via Birmingham) route
Passengers urged to check before travelling as landslip causes travel disruption between Birmingham and London
Passengers travelling on the West Coast Main Line between Birmingham and London are being urged to check their journeys on Monday due to disruption following a landslip near Rugby.
Through Monday (12 February), one of the two tracks which connect Coventry and Rugby will remain closed while engineers cut back and clear vegetation from the railway embankment. This critical clearance work will hel
New era of rail travel to begin as West Midlands Railway unveils electric train fleet
A new era is set to begin for rail passengers in the West Midlands after West Midlands Railway unveiled its brand new fleet of electric trains.
The Class 730 fleet will enter service in the region for the first time next week, carrying passengers between Wolverhampton, Birmingham and Walsall. Later this year, in spring, the fleet will also enter service on the busy Cross City Line, connecting L
West Midlands Railway: No train service this weekend due to industrial action
West Midlands Railway (WMR) is warning passengers not to travel by train this weekend as the operator will be running no services due to industrial action.
Members of the ASLEF trade union began an overtime ban on Monday 29 January, which will run to 6 February. As a result services are reduced on some routes. ASLEF will also take strike action on WMR on Saturday 3 February. The impact of this
New University Station buildings to open their doors this Sunday
University Railway Station’s impressive new buildings open their doors to passengers for the first time this Sunday.
With new wider entrances, stairways and exits serving the neighbouring University of Birmingham and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, more open space to circulate and wait, lifts to the platforms, a larger ticket office and better customer facilities it will offer a vastly improved exper
West Midlands Railway: Passengers urged to check their journeys ahead of industrial action
Passengers travelling with West Midlands Railway (WMR) are being reminded to check their journeys and plan ahead of industrial action.
Members of the ASLEF union, representing train drivers, have announced their intention to stage industrial action in the form of an overtime ban between Monday 29 January and Tuesday 6 February inclusive. In addition, members from ASLEF have announced their int
West Midlands Railway issues warning to fare evaders after thousands fined
Bosses at West Midlands Railway (WMR) have issued a warning to fare evaders after new figures released today revealed the company issued thousands of fines for non-payment last year.
The warning comes one year after the national Penalty Fare for ticketless travel increased to a minimum of £100 in a bid to cut fare evasion.
In 2023, WMR and sister company London Northwestern Railway issued a
Historic platform canopies restored at Great Malvern station
Victorian platform canopies have been renovated at Great Malvern station in Worcestershire as part a £5m investment to improve the station for passengers.
Network Rail has worked with its contractor Murphy to replace overhead glazing, complete structural strengthening and repainting of the ornate ironwork on both of the station's platform canopies.
The project which was supported by West Mid
Rail industry announces positive findings of long-term University of Cambridge research project into staff safety and body-worn cameras
Rail industry and the University of Cambridge announce findings of multi-year research project around body-worn cameras for rail staff Research shows that staff wearing cameras decreases assault rate by nearly 50 per cent and has “a substantial impact on court outcomes” Body-worn cameras have a powerful impact in stopping assaults from happening, by acting as a visible deterrent Rail industry pla
Major Christmas upgrades completed at Lichfield Trent Valley
Major improvements have been carried out at Lichfield Trent Valley station over Christmas to improve future rail journeys for passengers on the Cross City line.
The West Coast main line reopened on Wednesday 27 December after a new platform bridge was installed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day during the annual festive shutdown of the railway.
Engineers worked round-the-clock using a 650-tonn
West Midlands Railway urges passengers to travel early for Christmas
West Midlands Railway (WMR) is urging passengers making journeys this Christmas to travel early to avoid being caught up in Christmas Eve travel disruption.
With reduced timetables in operation across the rail network, infrastructure damage caused by Storm Pia and sickness bugs impacting train crew availability, passengers are being urged to travel on Friday or Saturday where possible, rather t
West Midlands Railway: Passengers advised to check journeys ahead of Christmas period
Passengers travelling with West Midlands Railway (WMR) are being reminded to check their journeys before they travel over the festive period.
Due to Christmas markets and engineering works, services are expected to be busy and disruption is expected on some dates before the end of the year.
Service changes include:
An amended timetable will be in operation between Christmas Eve and
Hundreds of West Midlands Railway passengers make White Ribbon Promise at Birmingham Snow Hill
Hundreds of rail passengers pledged to help end violence against women and girls during a special event at Birmingham Snow Hill station to mark White Ribbon Day on Saturday (25 November).
West Midlands Railway staff encouraged passengers to make the “White Ribbon Promise” by signing their name on a piece of ribbon on the station concourse and wearing a special pin badge.
The White Ribbon cam
West Midlands Railway: Passengers urged to check journeys ahead of industrial action
Passengers travelling with West Midlands Railway (WMR) are being urged to check their journeys ahead of industrial action in December.
Members from the ASLEF union have announced their intention to stage strike action on Sunday 3 December. No services will operate on any WMR route as a result.
Additionally, ASLEF members will stage action short of strike in the form of an overtime ban betwee
West Midlands Railway: Passengers reminded of upcoming December timetable change
Passengers travelling with West Midlands Railway (WMR) are being reminded to check their journeys ahead of changes to the national railway timetable in December.
Planners have been updated ahead of the change, which comes into effect on Sunday 10 December.
Changes on the WMR network include:
An increase to the number of trains running between Birmingham and Liverpool, with two trains per
Episode Two of West Midlands Railway’s podcast features Pete Waterman and Francis Bourgeois
Music legend Pete Waterman and railway social media star Francis Bourgeois are among the guests on the second episode of West Midlands Railway’s “On The Rails” podcast, out today (Tue 21 Nov).
In the second episode, pop empresario Pete explains his passion for the railway and how he wrote some of the UK’s most popular pop hits whilst travelling on the train. Social media sensation Francis also
Community projects given go-ahead thanks to funding from West Midlands Railway
Community rail projects have been given the go-ahead thanks to funding from West Midlands Railway (WMR).
Grants of up to £10,000 were made available through the latest round of WMR’s “Your Community, Your Fund” scheme, funded by the Department for Transport. The scheme is aimed at inspiring people to get involved with the railway and supporting established groups with projects which benefit bot
New Street’s new way to help passengers during Christmas markets
More support teams to help keep rail passengers and revellers safe at Birmingham New Street station are being introduced during this year’s Frankfurt Christmas markets.
Since the summer, St John’s Ambulance volunteers and a dedicated anti-social behaviour team have been based in the station during busy weekend nights on a trial basis.
It's helped tackle anti-social behaviour, such as drunken