Rail Programme

The West Midlands Rail Programme – Market Engagement Opportunities

Many thanks for joining us at the West Midlands Rail Programme (WMRP) market engagement event.

The level of interest in this exciting investment programme was really positive and we are really looking forward to continuing the engagement over opportunities for contractor appointments.

Here is a summary of the headline information that we shared during the event.

The WMRP is West Midlands Rail Executive’s active investment programme to deliver new stations and services. Key market drivers to this programme include rail devolution, commitments in the West Midlands Railway new franchise, the Commonwealth Games 2022 and HS2.

We are hugely proud of the WMRP with its unprecedented levels of station investment in the West Midlands and the transformative impact which the Programme will have on the rail network in the West Midlands. The timescales for delivery are hugely challenging and will only be achieved through collaborative working with our partners and stakeholders.

It is very much live and happening! The following station investments are actively undergoing development and are scheduled for opening with a train service in December 2021.

  • Grand Junction Stations - Willenhall and Darlaston

"Willenhall and Darlaston stations on the route between Wolverhampton and Walsall closed in 1965. The population in this area is growing strongly and exciting renewal and regeneration work is in progress, so there's a great case to support communities by reopening these stations"

The stations are both two platform stations with footbridges, stairs and lifts. Ticket machines, canopies, customer information systems, passenger help points will also be provided.

They will both have car parks for rail passengers (approximately 300 spaces at Darlaston and 150 at Willenhall). Secure cycle parking will be provided and they will be fully accessible to all.

  •  Perry Barr Station

"Perry Barr Rail Station and Bus Interchange are exciting features of the wider regeneration and transformation plan for the area over the next decade. This investment will greatly improve access to the public transport network for local businesses and residents in the Perry Barr community. The rail station will be a key transport hub for spectators attending the 2022 Commonwealth Games and provide a great legacy after the Games"   

Perry Barr will be a major gateway for the Games. It will be the home of the athletes village which will bring visitors from around the world to Perry Barr.

The current station is not fit for purpose and desperately needs to be redeveloped to act as a transport hub for the games and also as a catalyst for longer term regeneration of the area. There will be a transformational change to the area.

  • Camp Hill Line Station - Moseley, Kings Heath and Hazelwell

"It's great to be reopening Moseley, Kings Heath and Hazelwell stations after they were closed in 1941 as a wartime economy measure. These stations will be brilliant assets for the local communities to access the rail network and benefit from attractive journey times into Birmingham City Centre"

The provisional initial timetable to service the stations will be two trains per hour into Birmingham New Street.

All three stations will be two platform stations with lighting, platform canopies and lift access. There will be passenger help facilities, secure cycle parking and no car parking provision. The stations are intended as walk/ cycle and ride stations and not park and ride stations, drawing upon local population catchments.

  • University Station

“Delivering a flagship railway station that is welcoming, safe and heralds a gateway to a world class life science, hospitals and university campus, providing an outstanding passenger experience, boosting the economy, enhancing heritage and connecting seamlessly into the wider integrated transport network”.

The station that serves the University of Birmingham but also University Hospital Birmingham is unfit for purpose. The current station was designed for annual passenger numbers of 400,000. The station is now, however, busier than Northampton, Crewe and Stoke, with annual passenger numbers of over 3 million. As a result of the high economic growth to the area and also the University’s role in hosting Birmingham Commonwealth Games events in 2022, the station cannot cope with the pressures put on it both now and over the coming years.

The project is a major upgrade to the existing station, with a brand new station building. There will be space for taxis and private vehicle drop off. There will be full integration with bus services, high quality, secure cycle parking and a bike share hire facility, high quality passenger waiting facilities and direct access to the Birmingham and Worcester canal towpath for pedestrians and cyclists. The station will be fully accessible to all.

We are looking forward to the opportunity of working with market contractors to take these exciting projects on to the next stages of development. We will be advertising a number of tendering opportunities on the eTendering Portal BravoSolution, over the next twelve months.