Midlands Engine

Potential HS2 benefits ‘felt by millions across the UK’

Potential HS2 benefits ‘felt by millions across the UK’

26.09.19: Midlands Connect have investigated exactly what the benefits of the HS2 stand to be and who will be benefitting from them.

Improved rail services for East Anglia

Improved rail services for East Anglia

25.09.19: New route, extra services and more seats for rail passengers in East Anglia Greater Anglia’s transformation of the East Anglia is set to continue later this year with a complete fleet of new trains. Sunday 15 December will see the...

New rail testing scheme launched for small businesses

New rail testing scheme launched for small businesses

25.09.19: Businesses in the West Midlands are being offered subsidised access to test and trial facilities as a way to boost railway innovation. The University of Birmingham has joined forces with Quinton Rail Technology Centre (QRTC) to offer access to th...

Ground-breaking rail collaboration launched to improve services for passengers

Ground-breaking rail collaboration launched to improve services for passengers

20.09.19:   A ground-breaking deal has been agreed today among rail bosses to deliver higher standards for rail users in the West Midlands.   Areas that fall under the new, first-of-its-kind West Midlands Grand Rail Collaboration (GRC) deal wil...

Plans for £3.5bn Midlands Engine Rail launched

Plans for £3.5bn Midlands Engine Rail launched

12.09.19: The Midlands Engine Rail, a £3.5bn improvement programme made up of seven projects spanning the East and West Midlands, has been launched by regional transport body Midlands Connect.

Reopening of Black Country rail stations given £10m funding

Reopening of Black Country rail stations given £10m funding

05.08.19: Plans to reopen two new railway stations on the Walsall to Wolverhampton line have moved a major step forward following the award of £10m funding from the Government.

Local government secretary Robert Jenrick backs Midlands investment

Local government secretary Robert Jenrick backs Midlands investment

01.08.19: Having been named the new ministerial champion for the Midlands Engine, local government secretary Robert Jenrick MP has confirmed he will lead ambitious plans to boost prosperity across the Midlands.

'Midlands time is now' speech brings TransCityRail audience to their feet

'Midlands time is now' speech brings TransCityRail audience to their feet

18.07.19: The influential Speakers Panel consisted of Maria Machancoses, Director, Midlands Connect, Chris Rayner, Director of Infrastructure, HS2, Tim Shoveller, Managing Director, North West & Central Region, Network Rail, Mark Ferrer, Operations Director...

TransCityRail: Next stop the Midlands

TransCityRail: Next stop the Midlands

18.07.19: Unprecedented change and investment is coming to the Midlands, according to a number of high-profile rail leaders speaking at today’s first ever TCR Midlands conference in Birmingham today. With representatives from the West Midlands Rail E...

HS2 Director says on schedule to get Royal Assent 'by Christmas'

HS2 Director says on schedule to get Royal Assent 'by Christmas'

18.07.19: HS2 Director told delegates at the prestigious TransCityRail Midlands event the project was “on schedule to get Royal Assent for the 2a phase by Christmas.”

Maria Machancoses: TCR Midlands drives new way of collaboration

Maria Machancoses: TCR Midlands drives new way of collaboration

18.07.19: Leading sector figure Maria Machancoses has described the inaugural TransCityRail Midlands conference in Birmingham as a fresh way to “drive a new way of collaboration and new way of thinking.” The director of Midlands Connect enthuse...

Rail leaders respond as HS2 vote passes

Rail leaders respond as HS2 vote passes

16.07.19: Members of Parliament (MPs) have expressed anger at the government for pushing through phase 2a of HS2 through the House of Commons. The Phase 2a High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill passed with 263 votes in favour to only 17 against.

HS2 reveals design for driverless people mover in Birmingham

HS2 reveals design for driverless people mover in Birmingham

16.07.19: Designs for a new automated people mover in the West Midlands have been released by HS2. The driverless vehicle plans to be used to transport passenger between HS2’s new Interchange Station in Solihull and Birmingham Airport. Designs for a new aut...

Plans for £20m ‘HS2 gateway’ in Sutton Coldfield to go to consultation

Plans for £20m ‘HS2 gateway’ in Sutton Coldfield to go to consultation

16.07.19: Proposals for a £20m transport hub in Sutton Coldfield are set to go to a consultation with the public, the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) announced today. Under the proposals, major rail-to-bus connectivity routes would be created and th...

Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02.07.19: The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birmingham on 18 July. Get your tickets online here. With increasingly louder voices calling for greater inv...

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