Midlands Engine

Further work on £1.2bn East Coast Upgrade in October

Further work on £1.2bn East Coast Upgrade in October

25 September 2020No trains in or out of London King’s Cross, or on Thameslink services to or from St Pancras International via Finsbury Park, on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th October, as Network Rail works continue on the East Coast Upgrade. The £1.2b...

New electric train fleet revealed for Birmingham’s Cross-City Line

New electric train fleet revealed for Birmingham’s Cross-City Line

09 September 2020The electric train fleet set to transform travel on Birmingham’s Cross-City Line has been revealed to rail passengers in the West Midlands. A sneak-peak was provided for some members of the public, where they witnessed the dozens of new sta...

West Midlands Interchange to boost local economy

West Midlands Interchange to boost local economy

07 July 2020The new Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI), titled the West Midlands Interchange (WMI), located in South Staffordshire, is set to become a reality with the promoter Four Ashes Limited (FAL) planning the successive stage in its development a...

Plans submitted for new Moseley railway station

Plans submitted for new Moseley railway station

21 May 2020As efforts to reopen Birmingham’s Camp Hill line to passengers continues to take major steps forward, plans have been officially submitted for a new Moseley Railway Station.

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street unveils £15bn transport plan

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street unveils £15bn transport plan

05 February 2020As part of his re-election campaign, West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has unveiled his ambitious £15bn transport plan for the region.

Rail Forum Midlands launches its General Election manifesto

Rail Forum Midlands launches its General Election manifesto

20 November 2019The Rail Forum Midlands (RFM) has launched its new manifesto ahead of the 2019 General Election, outlining the four major asks it has seen from its members for the rail sector supply chain in the run up to next month’s election. The RFM wer...

Perry Barr railway station transformation revealed

Perry Barr railway station transformation revealed

07 November 2019Perry Barr railway station in Birmingham will undergo transformation as part of a wider £500m regeneration of the area. The creation of a new rail and bus interchange will see a landmark station building constructed in place of the current...

Potential HS2 benefits ‘felt by millions across the UK’

Potential HS2 benefits ‘felt by millions across the UK’

26 September 2019Midlands 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 September 2019 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 September 2019Businesses 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 September 2019  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

11 September 2019The 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 August 2019Plans 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 August 2019Having 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 July 2019The 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...

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