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Birmingham primary school benefits from West Midlands Railway cycling investment

Press release   •   Sep 19, 2019 09:30 BST

Chilcote School deputy head teacher Mark Cross with Michael Byrne, from West Midlands Railway

Children at a primary school in Birmingham are feeling the benefit of a West Midlands Railway scheme to install thousands of cycle spaces on the rail network.

The rail operator is showing its commitment to sustainable transport by installing thousands of dedicated cycle spaces at dozens of locations, including Yardley Wood station.

The modern two-tier cycle racks, covered by upgraded CCTV, replace older-style secure lockers which West Midlands Railway has donated to nearby Chilcote Primary School in Hall Green with the blessing of Transport for West Midlands as the locker owners.

Andy Camp, commercial director at West Midlands Railway, said:

“The community is at the heart of everything we do and I am delighted that we have been able to find such a good use for these lockers which may otherwise have gone to waste.

“Our cycle programme is introducing thousands of spaces across the network as we continue to work with partners across the industry to encourage sustainable transport methods.”

The school will use the lockers to securely store sports equipment such as football goalposts.

About West Midlands Trains

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West Midlands Trains operates both West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway services.

  • London Northwestern Railway services operate between Liverpool and Birmingham, and on the West Coast mainline to and from London Euston.
  • West Midlands Railway services operate to destinations across the West Midlands via Birmingham New Street.

For more information on these services visit westmidlandsrailway.co.uk or londonnorthwesternrailway.co.uk

The West Midlands Trains franchise started on 10 December 2017 and will run until 2025/26.

West Midlands Trains operates 1,300 services a day, manages 150 stations and provides over 70 million passenger journeys a year. Over the course of the franchise, West Midlands Trains will be investing £1 billion into the rail network to deliver new trains, improved routes and station upgrades. This will include 400 new train carriages across the network and space for an extra 85,000 passengers into Birmingham and London at peak times.

The franchise is a joint venture between Abellio (70.1% share) and East Japan Railway Company / Mitsui & Co., Ltd (29.9% share in a 50:50 split). Abellio is the international passenger transport subsidiary of the Dutch national railway company, Nederlandse Spoorwegen. In the UK, Abelllio operates ScotRail and Greater Anglia train services, Merseyrail services in a joint venture with Serco and buses through Abellio London. For more information visit www.abellio.com

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