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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.  The first phase of HS2 has already led to record levels of investment in the West Midlands and generated thousa... more >

Improved rail services for East Anglia

25.09.19: 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 start of the December timetable, introducing a brand-new service between Norwic... more >

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... more >

Pioneering train trials at Cross City line

24.09.19: Passengers who travel on the Cross City line are being warned by Network Rail about potential disruption taking place next month. The line between Barnt Green and Redditch will be closed on every Sunday in October (6, 13, 20 & 27) to al... more >

‘My mission is now complete’ - Ex train driver succeeds in 17-year pursuit of lost railway history

24.09.19: A lost piece of railway history is on its way home thanks to dedicated, retired train driver and his transport police friend. The Manchester & Birmingham Railway plaque was a high-quality copy of the 1839 original, which resides in the Nati... more >

Get into Railway celebrates five years and £1.6m success

23.09.19: The formidable partnership between Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and The Prince’s Trust have announced today (23 September) that their Get into Railway training programme has generated £1.6m since it was set up in 2014. GTR, th... more >

Train companies support Thomas Cook customers by relaxing ticket rules

23.09.19: Train companies under Network Rail have stepped in to help amid the Thomas Cook travel chaos, with the Rail Delivery Group has released a statement today saying that they will relax ticket rules for Thomas Cook customers who are affected by the... more >

New open-access operator plans hourly service between Wales and London

23.09.19: Grand Union Trains, a new open-access train operator, has announced that they are hoping to launch a train service between Wales and London in May 2021. Initially the trains will run every two hours, but plans are to make them hourly by May... more >

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) de... more >

Manchester Metrolink’s greener future

19.09.19: Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) are to renew and upgrade Manchester Metrolink’s electrical infrastructure in a bid to support and maintain TfGM’s green transport strategy for the city. The Greater Manchester transport bo... more >

Plans for new £362m North East metro train fleet

19.09.19: A £362m train fleet for the Tyne and Wear Metro was ordered yesterday by public transport body Nexus. A company for the designing and building of the fleet hasn’t been officially decided but there are three in the running &ndash... more >

New ‘On-Time’ train statistics welcomed by Transport Secretary

19.09.19: Good news for rail users today as a new way to measure train performance has been published (Thursday 19) by The Office of Rail and Road (ORR). New ‘On-Time’ statistics have been welcomed by the transport secretary, Grant Shapps... more >

British Transport Police launches train station scanners trial

18.09.19: In a bid to tackle violent crime in London, British Transport Police (BTP) is rolling out a five-day trial of new body scanners at Stratford train station. The scheme will be supported by Metropolitan Police and will be able to detect guns... more >

West Midlands HS2 interchange station development granted up to £20m

18.09.19: The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has agreed to fund up to £20m for a UK Central Hub in Solihull alongside the HS2 station development. The plans to develop the new HS2 Interchange Station within the 340-acre Arden Cross are... more >

‘Local hero’ recognised for his work with homeless in Blackpool

17.09.19: Chris Conway, a Network Rail signaller, was awarded for his contribution to tackling homelessness last night at an awards ceremony in Blackpool. The event saw 125 ‘Local Heroes’ from around the seaside town celebrated for their... more >

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