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Blog: Jane Fisher, Transitions and Projects Director on new trains, station enhancements and £1bn investment

Blog: Jane Fisher, Transitions and Projects Director on new trains, station enhancements and £1bn investment

11.03.19: Ahead of the upcoming TCR Midlands event 18-07-2019, we caught up with Jane Fisher, Transitions and Projects Director for West Midlands Trains. As Transitions and Projects Director, Jane explains her role and the key issues West Midlands Trains ar...

West Midlands Rail Executive appoints executive director to deliver regional ‘rail renaissance’

West Midlands Rail Executive appoints executive director to deliver regional ‘rail renaissance’

08.03.19: West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE) has announced the appointment of a new executive director. Malcolm Holmes will permanently lead the WMRE after filling the interim role for the last few years, and alongside this will also report to Transport f...

Plans unveiled for two new ‘vital’ stations in the West Midlands

Plans unveiled for two new ‘vital’ stations in the West Midlands

04.03.19: Plans for two new railway stations on the Walsall to Wolverhampton line have been unveiled by West Midlands transport bosses today. Designs for Darlaston and Willenhall stations have been released by the West Midlands Railway Executive (WMRE) and...

Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

22.02.19: The potential of a Leicester to Coventry rail link has been revived again as one of the key highlights of a new transport masterplan outlined by Leicestershire County Council. In the council’s revamped Prospectus for Growth handed out to Le...

Grayling: government will not 'betray' Midlands or north and will deliver HS2

Grayling: government will not 'betray' Midlands or north and will deliver HS2

25.01.19: The transport secretary has reaffirmed that the government is committed to delivering the second phase of HS2 in its entirety, claiming that failure to deliver it would be a “dereliction” of government duties to improve people’s...

Regional leaders urge major parties to publicly back building HS2 Phase 2 route

Regional leaders urge major parties to publicly back building HS2 Phase 2 route

24.01.19: Bodies from the Midlands and the north of England have written an open letter to the leaders of the four major parties calling for them to publicly commit to building Phase 2 of the £56bn HS2 route. The letter penned by the Northern Powerho...

Exclusive: Midlands Connect and WMRE talk collaboration and investment in the Midlands' railway

Exclusive: Midlands Connect and WMRE talk collaboration and investment in the Midlands' railway

22.01.19: In the jigsaw puzzle of regional transport decision-making, there must be collaboration and compromise. Media lead James Bovill speaks to Maria Machancoses, director of Midlands Connect, and Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail...

5 reasons why you should be involved with TransCityRail

5 reasons why you should be involved with TransCityRail

18.01.19: We've rounded up our top 5 reasons why we think you should be involved with TransCityRail Midlands

West Midlands promises rail revolution in new detailed 30-year strategy

West Midlands promises rail revolution in new detailed 30-year strategy

16.01.19: The West Midlands has set out its short- and long-term plan for rail in the region, promising new passenger services and stations and to build on the benefits of high-speed rail. Launched by the West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE), the ‘Rai...

Rail Sector Deal: Three new Midlands pilots launched to help SMEs and share data

Rail Sector Deal: Three new Midlands pilots launched to help SMEs and share data

06.12.18: Given its position in the “heart of the rail industry,” the Midlands will play host to pilots on a new rail data platform, a scheme supporting high-potential SMEs, and a skills programme to stimulate apprenticeships. The DfT said the...

Coventry station £82m masterplan given the go-ahead by city council

Coventry station £82m masterplan given the go-ahead by city council

21.11.18: Groundbreaking plans to transform Coventry city centre and Coventry station have been given the official green light from the city’s council. Coventry City Council announced it has granted permission for the £11.8m scheme to improve t...

HS2 kicks off bid race to build Birmingham’s Curzon Street station

HS2 kicks off bid race to build Birmingham’s Curzon Street station

19.11.18: HS2 has announced the start of its search for contractors to build its new £435m Curzon Street station. Around four contractors will be shortlisted for the design and build deal ahead of the arrival of HS2 in Birmingham in 2026. Early work...

West Midlands Combined Authority granted £43m for investment in travel projects

West Midlands Combined Authority granted £43m for investment in travel projects

05.11.18: The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) will this week consider a £43m government investment in 10 projects designed to tackle congestion in the region. In an announcement today, money from the Transforming Cities Fund would be used to...

Work begins on high-speed rail in Birmingham as Tories quarrel over HS2 future

Work begins on high-speed rail in Birmingham as Tories quarrel over HS2 future

02.10.18: Chris Grayling and West Midlands Mayor Andy Street marked the start of the construction of the HS2 high speed rail line in Birmingham, at the same time as Conservative ministers argued over HS2’s future at their party conference. The Transp...

Transport for the North and Midlands Connect join forces in new MoU

Transport for the North and Midlands Connect join forces in new MoU

27.09.18: Transport bodies Midlands Connect and Transport for the North (TfN) have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to commit to working together more closely to balancing the UK economy. Midlands Connect’s Maria Machancoses and TfN&r...

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