West Midlands Branch


West Midlands, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire & Herefordshire (excluding Newport-Shrewsbury-Crewe)


On 4th May 2017 the whole of the West Midlands are being asked to vote for a Mayor of the West Midlands. In advance of this Railfuture West Midlands staged a Transport Forum in Birmingham at which at the five main candidates for Mayor answered questions from the public about transport.

The new Mayor will be in effect the chairman of the West Midlands Combined Authority. Transport will form a major part of this role and s)he will have a budget of £8 billion to allocate (but not just to transport).

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 panelists were James Burn (Green Party), Pete Durnell (UKIP), Beverley Nielson (Liberal Democrat), Sion Simon (Labour) and Andy Street (Conservative).

The event was free to all (Railfuture also paid for the free refreshments) and was attended by around 140 people including many Railfuture members. We hope that attendees found it interesting, 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 be providing stewards on the day.

Lorna Slade, editor of Rail Professional and a Railfuture Vice President, chaired the forum, whic was held on Thursday 6th April 2017 – 18:00-20:00 in the Banqueting Suite at the Council House in Victoria Square, Birmingham.

A professionally-produced [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhHf-99TuS8&feature=youtu.be|video] (lasting 1 hour 27 minutes) can ve viewed on [You Tube by clicking on the following image:

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 tran 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.

In 2016 it was with great disappointment 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 [West Midlands AGM 2017|HERE] for more info.

The Passenger Experience slides presented by Railfuture director Jerry Alderson at the West Midlands AGM in 2016 can be viewed [display1254|HERE] or [dl1254|downloaded] (3.5MB).

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
  • [/article1689-SUAWOOX-campaign|Re-instate Stratford - Honeybourne] with chords east and west for Stratford-Worcester & Oxford services
  • Redouble Coventry-Leamington
  • Four-track main rail routes between Coventry and Wolverhampton
  • Add to the HS2 plan 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.

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 [/branches/index.php?dashboard=West Midlands|Dashboard for West Midlands] to read issues of the West Midlands Branch eNewsletters.

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 [display1423|official response] to the West Midlands and Chilterns Route Study (July 2016). Or click [DL1423|HERE] to download a copy (254kB).

The following documents are from meetings that Railfuture has attended:
  • [DL1244|London Midland Stakeholder Conference 2015 Notes taken by Railfuture] (PDF 348kB)
Stakeholder News
  • [DL1243|London Midland Trains 'Business Travel Made Simple' - March 2016] (PDF 3MB)

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