West Midlands Branch


West Midlands, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire & Herefordshire


On 4th May 2017 the whole of the West Midlands were asked to vote for a Mayor of the West Midlands. In advance of this Railfuture West Midlands staged a Transport Forum on 6th April 2017 in the Banqueting Suite at the Council House, Birmingham.

The five main candidates for Mayor answered questions from the public about transport - James Burn (Green Party), Pete Durnell (UKIP), Beverley Nielson (Liberal Democrat), Sion Simon (Labour) and Andy Street (Conservative). The event was chaired by Lorna Slade, editor of Rail Professional and a Railfuture Vice President.

Flier for the West Midlands Transport Forum Mayoral Debates organised by Railfuture in which four of the five mayoral candidates deabte about transport matters. Event title: Keepoing the West Midlands Moving. Event held in Birmingham on 6 April 2017

The event was free to all and was attended by around 140 people including many Railfuture members. We hope that attendees found it interesting and useful, even if they don’t live in the West Midlands itself as many decisions made here are likely to have impacts on neighbouring counties.

We thank Birmingham Friends of the Earth who assisted Railfuture West Midlands in promoting the event and by providing stewards on the day.

View the professionally-produced VIDEO (lasting 1 hour 27 minutes).

Subsequently Andy Street was elected to be Mayor of the West Midlands. He will be in effect the chairman of the West Midlands Combined Authority and transport will form a major part of his role. The Mayor will have a budget of £8 billion to allocate (but not just to transport). We are in the process of establishing working relationships with him and his staff.

Current campaigns

  • Consultations on West Midlands Rail franchise for 2017 and West Midlands and Chiltern Route Strategy
  • Re-instate passenger services between Wolverhampton and Walsall
  • Extend Birmingham local network - via Kings Heath and towards Castle Bromwich with new stations
  • Reopen the line between Stourbridge, Walsall, Lichfield and Burton for passenger services
  • Support re-instatement of Stratford - Honeybourne] with chords east and west for Stratford-Worcester & Oxford services [/article1689-SUAWOOX-campaign|
  • Redouble Coventry-Leamington and four-track rail route between Coventry and Wolverhampton
  • For HS2, ensure connectivity for travellers to the proposed Curzon Street and Interchange stations. Urge HS2 to include provision for a link into the existing network to access New St for direct London - Wolverhampton HS2 trains and for future use by Cross Country services.
Our campaign for a semi-fast Birmingham to Stratford service has succeeded with a service via Solihull now in the timetable. Also electrification is in progress between Walsall and Rugeley Trent Valley and to Bromsgrove.

Branch contacts

Branch Chairman & Local Media Contact - william.whiting at railfuture.org.uk
Branch Secretary - colin.major at railfuture.org.uk
General Enquiries - westmidlands at railfuture.org.uk

Branch Newsletters

Go to the Dashboard for West Midlands to read issues of the West Midlands Branch eNewsletters.

West Midlands AGM 2017 - Guest Speaker Christian Wolmar

The 2017 branch AGM was held on Saturday 22nd April in Birmingham close to the Bull Street tram stop. The official business included receiving reports from officers and electing officers for 2017-18 including the officer posts of Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer and other committee members. William Whiting was re-elected as Chairman for the following year and Michael Tombs elected as Treasurer. The post of Secretary was left vacant at the AGM but at the following committee meeting Colin Major volunteered to stand-in for a year.

In 2016 we were most disappointed that our invited guests Nigel Harris (Managing Editor of RAIL magazine) and Christian Wolmar (transport journalist, author and regular RAIL columnist and Railfuture's Honorary President) both had to withdraw at the last moment. Therefore we were pleased Christian was able to speak to our members and the public this year.

Please click HERE for more info.

The Passenger Experience slides presented by Railfuture director Jerry Alderson at the West Midlands AGM in 2016 can be viewed HERE or downloaded (3.5MB).

West Midlands Rail user groups

Rail user groups in the West Midlands are shown on Railfuture's Regional List of Rail User Groups. The Regional List can be downloaded in PDF format here.


Read our official response to the West Midlands and Chilterns Route Study (July 2016). Or click HERE to download a copy (254kB).

The following documents are from meetings that Railfuture has attended:
Stakeholder News

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