Midlands Engine

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...

Rail minister ‘entirely supports the aspiration’ of £2bn Midlands Rail Hub

Rail minister ‘entirely supports the aspiration’ of £2bn Midlands Rail Hub

01.07.19: Rail Minister Andrew Jones has given his support to plans submitted by Midlands Connect for a transformative Midland Rail Hub in the region. The proposed project aims to upgrade routes between the East and West Midlands to make travel easier...

Your chance to meet Midland Metro Alliance executives at TCR Midlands event

01.07.19: Director of the Midland Metro Alliance, Alejandro Moreno, and head of procurement Paula Gray have been confirmed as attending the TransCityRail (TCR) Midlands conference and dinner in Birmingham on 18 July. Both will be available for networking o...

Local SMEs key for Midland Metro Alliance's head of procurement Paula Gray

Local SMEs key for Midland Metro Alliance's head of procurement Paula Gray

28.06.19: Paula Gray, head of procurement, explains how the Midland Metro Alliance continues to establish partnerships with innovative local SMEs. The Midland Metro Alliance, working on behalf of the West Midlands Combined Authority, is expanding the tram...

Malcolm Holmes: Midlands Rail Hub 'about connecting people'

Malcolm Holmes: Midlands Rail Hub 'about connecting people'

26.06.19: Malcolm Holmes, executive director of the West Midlands Rail Executive, about what impact the proposed £2bn Midlands Rail Hub would have to rail connectivity within the region.

Major railway suppliers join forces to form ‘Rail Innovation Family’

Major railway suppliers join forces to form ‘Rail Innovation Family’

26.06.19: The UK’s major rail suppliers have joined forces to form a ‘Rail Innovation Family’ that will help provide greater and clearer support for suppliers seeking to bring innovation into the rail industry. The Rail Innovation Family...

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