Updated rail plans for West Midlands revealed

An updated strategy for railways in the West Midlands over the next 30 years has been published by the West Midlands Rail Executive. The first version was published in 2018, and the updated plans take into account the Covid pandemic and the increasing attention being paid to net zero. The WMRE had carried out a fresh consultation before unveiling its proposals. They include the Midlands Rail Hub as well as a train service between Lichfield and Burton-on-Trent, which would use an existing freight line. This would include a new station on the route at Alrewas, which lost its station in 1965. Another new station is proposed at Aldridge.

Rail Wellbeing Live

Registration has opened for the biggest free wellbeing event for the rail industry. The fourth Rail Wellbeing Live will take place over three days from 7 November. The sessions are free, and they include evening sessions for staff on night shifts. The speakers will include TV personality and campaigner Davina McCall, Olympic rowing champion Sir Steve Redgrave and physician and mental health adviser Dr Alex George.

Railway Industry Association appointments

The Railway Industry Association has appointed a new chair and vice chair for its London & South region. The new chair is Ryan Anderson from Ricardo Rail and the vice chair is Bryony Goldsmith from Arcadis. RIA chief executive Darren Caplan said: ‘We are thrilled to welcome Ryan and Bryony as the chair and vice chair for the RIA London & South Leadership Group. Their vast experience and commitment to excellence will undoubtedly drive positive change.’

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