West Midlands Railway: Celebration of South-East Birmingham's heritage unveiled at Tyseley station
A railway station in Birmingham has been brought to life thanks to funding from West Midlands Railway (WMR) and Network Rail (NR).
The platforms at Tyseley station, in the south east of the city, now boast a mixture of art boards showcasing the heritage and history of the local area and destinations reachable by rail.
The boards, created by independent businesses Creative Touch Design and A
Birmingham railway stations to provide free sanitary products
Free sanitary products are being made available at all three of Birmingham’s major railway stations for the first time under a new trial scheme.
Last year Birmingham New Street station installed a vending machine to provide free sanitary pads and tampons for passengers, and now the same will be offered at both Birmingham Snow Hill and Birmingham Moor Street stations.
The products being made
West Midlands Railway reminds passengers to plan ahead of industrial action
Passengers travelling with West Midlands Railway (WMR) are being reminded to plan ahead of four days of industrial action.
Although planned action has been suspended among members of the RMT union at Network Rail, RMT strikes remains scheduled at train operating companies on Thursday 16 March, Saturday 18 March, Thursday 30 March and Saturday 1 April.
A limited timetable will be in operation
Wolverhampton schoolchildren name West Midlands Railway train ‘Graiseley Wolves’
One of the newest trains in the West Midlands Railway (WMR) fleet has been given a brand new name – thanks to children from a local primary school.
Ahead of International Women's Day on Wednesday 8 March, the four-carriage Class 196 train has been officially renamed 'Graiseley Wolves' after the name was chosen by youngsters at Graiseley Primary School in Wolverhampton.
School children chose
Railway line to be reinforced near former mineral mine in Telford
Passengers are being advised of work to protect the railway between Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury from abandoned underground mine workings.
Network Rail will infill one mine shaft in the Hadley area very close to the important route for passengers and freight.
The railway in this part of Shropshire was developed in 1849, not to move local people, but predominantly to move the minerals mined i
West Midlands Railway: Changes for passengers during Birmingham New Street platform work
Passengers are being advised about changes to journeys through Birmingham New Street station while engineers carry out improvements to the concrete roof above the station’s 12 platforms.
An investment of £7.5m will upgrade the original 1960s concrete deck which supports the station concourse. The vital maintenance will keep trains running safely and reliably in future.
Network Rail is workin
Wolverhampton Interchange cycle hub works start on site
On site works have started on a new cycle hub that will offer more than 100 spaces for cycles at Wolverhampton Interchange.
The hub will provide 92 internal and 18 external canopy covered spaces - and will also feature controlled access, LED lighting and CCTV security.
It will be located next to the railway station multi storey car park, near the pedestrian footbridge to the city centre on
West Midlands Railway: More than 2,000 passengers issued penalty fares in first month since charge increased
Rail passengers are being reminded not to try and dodge their fare after West Midlands Railway (WMR) revealed a total of 2,014 people have been handed a Penalty Fare in the first month since the penalty charge increased.
Rail users must purchase a ticket before boarding a train and as part of a national drive to deter ticketless travel, the Penalty Fare increased to a minimum of £100 last mont
West Midlands Railway warns passengers not to travel on two days in February due to industrial action
Passengers travelling with West Midlands Railway (WMR) are being warned not to travel on two days in February due to industrial action.
Members of the ASLEF union have announced their intention to stage industrial action on Wednesday 1 February and Friday 3 February. No WMR services will run on any route on these days as a result.
Early morning or late night services on Tuesday 31 January, T
West Midlands Railway: Change Makers Hub Opens at Wolverhampton Train Station
Wolverhampton Business Improvement District (BID), in conjunction with train operators, CrossCountry and West Midlands Railway announce the opening of the Change Makers Hub on January 20.
Following the successful funding award from CrossCountry’s Customer and Communities Improvement Fund together with significant on-site support from West Midlands Railway, Wolverhampton BID have completed the
Passengers warned of penalty fare increase on West Midlands Railway services from Monday 23 January
Passengers travelling without a ticket on West Midlands Railway (WMR) services will face tougher penalties when new rules come into effect next week (w/c Jan 23).
From Monday, the Penalty Fare will increase to a minimum of £100 – reduced to £50 if paid within 21 days – plus the price of a full single fare applicable.
The change represents a significant increase to the existing Penalty Fare o
West Midlands Railway issues New Year travel advice to passengers ahead of industrial action
West Midlands Railway (WMR) is urging passengers to only travel if absolutely necessary over the New Year period as industrial action continues to impact timetables.
A reduced timetable will be in operation on some routes on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day due to the impact of industrial action by the RMT union. Some routes will have no trains at all.
Strike action between Tuesday 3 Januar
West Midlands Railway issues ‘do not travel’ warning to passengers ahead of post-Christmas strike
Passengers are being warned not to travel on any West Midlands Railway (WMR) services on two days between Christmas and New Year due to industrial action.
Strike action by the TSSA union means no service will run on any WMR route on either Wednesday 28 December or Thursday 29 December.
Passengers are also being reminded that Christmas Eve services will finish at 4pm due to industrial action
Passengers urged to plan ahead as West Midlands Railway confirms Christmas timetable
West Midlands Railway (WMR) is warning of significant disruption and urging passengers travelling over the festive period to plan ahead amidst ongoing industrial action.
The train operator has published revised timetables due to ongoing industrial action.
The RMT union has announced its intention to stage action short of strike (a ban on overtime) between Sunday 18 December and Monday 2 Janu
Passengers urged to only travel if essential as West Midlands Railway confirms strike timetable
West Midlands Railway (WMR) is urging passengers to only travel if essential, with industrial action set to impact timetables next week (w/c Dec 12).
The operator is also asking passengers travelling by rail over the entire Christmas period to check their journeys carefully as industrial action may impact trains, particularly those in the early morning and late evening.
West Midlands Railway: Passengers urged to check journeys ahead of timetable change
West Midlands Railway is urging passengers to check their journeys ahead of a significant timetable change coming into effect later this month.
From Sunday 11 December departure times and frequencies on some routes will change as part of a national twice-yearly timetable change.
Jonny Wiseman, WMR customer experience director, said: “These changes have been carefully planned to provide a mor
West Midlands Railway: My Mummy is a Train Driver book launch tackles stereotypes in rail industry
A brand-new children’s book aimed at tackling stereotypes in the rail industry was launched at a West Midlands Railway (WMR) station today (Thu 24 Nov).
The event at Wolverhampton saw school children and rail industry representatives gather for the launch of ‘My Mummy is a Train Driver’, the latest in a series of children’s books promoting diversity and inclusion.
WMR and sister company Lond
West Midlands Railway teams up with White Ribbon to put an end to violence against women
West Midlands Railway (WMR) has teamed up with White Ribbon – the UK’s leading charity engaging men and boys to end violence against women and girls – and Network Rail to encourage everyone to make the White Ribbon Promise to never use, excuse or remain silent about men’s violence against women.
On 25 November, there will be events taking place across the national rail network in support of Whi
West Midlands Railway warns passengers not to travel on Saturday due to strike action
West Midlands Railway (WMR) is advising passengers not to attempt to travel this Saturday due to planned industrial action.
There will be no service on any WMR route on Saturday 26 November due to action by members of train drivers’ union ASLEF. Passengers needing to travel are advised to make alternative arrangements.
There may also be amendments to late services on the evening of Friday 25
Warning to lorry drivers as Cross City Line bridge among "most bashed"
Lorry drivers have been reminded to take care after a bridge on the Cross City Line was named among the "most bashed" in the UK.
The bridge, in St John's Street, Lichfield, was struck by vehicles 11 times in 2021/22, causing hours of delays to West Midlands Railway services due to essential structural checks following each incident.
Network Rail has released a new animation urging HGV driver