Birmingham’s infrastructure, such as rail services throughout Birmingham and into the wider West Midlands region, have received a £1 billion cash injection that will upgrade the local rail network. West Midlands Trains has won a nine-year contract to operate rail services in the region, replacing London Midland.
West Midlands Trains will bring much-needed modernisation to the network, including a £60million redevelopment of railway stations with new parking spaces, cycle racks and waiting areas. Added to the network will be additional Sunday services. For passengers delayed by more than 15 minutes compensation will be available thanks to Birmingham’s infrastructure upgrade.
Added will be 100 new carriages. Inside passengers will benefit from free wi-fi on all services and an extra 20,000 seats. Also planned are smart ticketing and live passenger information systems.
These routes already carry thousands of passengers each day. So this modernisation work will only further highlight Birmingham as a top city in which to live and work.
Birmingham is already one of the most well-connected cities in the UK. This major new project will further boost its reputation as a transport hub, encouraging more businesses into the area. With good motorway and international air travel connections, as well as the new HS2 project, Birmingham’s desirability as a good investment choice is continuing to increase.