18 June 2021
A hybrid train for Chiltern?
Chiltern Railways are testing a HybridFLEX train, i.e. a unit which can be powered either by a diesel engine or by batteries. If successful, it could be the first such unit to enter service in the UK and could well be seen on services in the Midlands. Click here for details.
3 June 2021
Potential reinstatement of direct Coventry-Leicester services
Midlands Connect has published a report on the reinstatement of direct services between Coventry and Leicester. Click here to access it.
24 April 2021
West Midlands Trains Business Update
The latest edition of the West Midlands Trains Business Update Newsletter is now available. Please click here.
23 March 2021
Friends of the Shakespeare Line website goes live!
Friends of the Shakespeare line now has its own dedicated website. Just click here.
18 January 2021
Approval for business case funding for new stations
The WMCA has approved a full business case for new stations ay Darlaston, Willenhall, Moseley, King’s Heath and Hazelwell and agreed a total project budget of £61.4m. Perry Barr station interchange has also been approved,
Friends of the Shakespeare Line
4 October 2020
SLPG Launches Friends of the Shakespeare Line
It’s incredible to think that in 1969, and again in 1984, the then British Rail tried to close the railway line between Birmingham and Stratford upon Avon. Our predecessor organisation, the North Warwick Line Defence Committee, led the fight and stopped the proposed closures, indeed in 1969, closure was stopped within only two days of the last timetabled train! read more.
Community Rail Officer for the Heart of England appointed
Julia Singleton-Tasker has been appointed as Community Rail Officer for the Heart of England Community Rail Partnership and started in her new role on Monday 6th January.
Having come from a background of working with different communities through teaching and personal training, Julia is looking forward to working with local communities and businesses to enhance the services already provided and to find opportunities to enthuse people about volunteering and communicating the benefits of having a station and a railway to be proud of.
She said: “I am looking forward to being a part of this exciting new phase for Community Rail in the Heart of England. The benefits in other areas of the country provide a very positive picture for the future of Community Rail.”
Julia will be working with the three TOCs, the County, Borough and District Councils, West Midlands Rail Executive, and the established rail user groups under the guidance of a steering group. ACoRP – the Association of Community Rail Partnerships – will be providing her with invaluable expertise and training as she starts her new role.
Julia will be formally based at Warwickshire County Council but will be spending a lot of time out and about working with the communities and partners around the 37 stations in the partnership.