Midlands Connect

A multi-stakeholder sub-national transport body. West Midlands Combined Authority is one of the constituent organisations. Midlands Connect was established in October 2015 with one objective: to determine what transport infrastructure was needed to boost the region’s economy. The partnership is made up of 22 local authorities, nine Local Enterprise Partnerships, East Midlands and Birmingham airports, and chambers of commerce stretching from the Welsh border to the Lincolnshire coast. The partnership also includes the Department for Transport, Network Rail, Highways England and HS2 Ltd, which it works alongside “to drive an unprecedented level of collaboration for the good of the Midlands and the UK”.

Midlands Connect website.

Midlands Engine

1. A UK government strategy.

The Midlands Engine Strategy is a demonstration of the government’s commitment to making the Midlands a powerful engine for economic growth. Stretching from Shropshire to Lincolnshire, with the M1, M6, and most of our major railway lines running through it, the Midlands sits at the very heart of the UK economy. Building on our modern Industrial Strategy, the Midlands Engine Strategy sets out the actions we are taking to address productivity barriers across the Midlands, enabling businesses to create more jobs, export more goods and services, and grow their productivity.

Download the Midlands Engine Strategy document from UK government website
2. A branding concept, similar to Northern Powerhouse Rail.

3. A coalition.

The Midlands Engine is a coalition of Councils, Combined Authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships such as D2N2, Universities, and businesses across the region, actively working with Government to build a collective identity to enable us to present the Midlands as a competitive and compelling offer that is attractive at home and overseas.

Source: What is the Midlands Engine? on D2N2 (Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire LEP) website.

Midlands Metro Alliance

A consortium that is planning, designing and building the West Midlands Metro infrastructure. The Alliance consists of the West Midlands Combined Authority, which owns West Midlands Metro; a consortium of design experts from Egis, Tony Gee and Pell Frischmann; and rail construction specialists Colas Rail – with Colas’ sub-alliance partners Colas Ltd, Barhale, Bouygues UK and Auctus Management Group.

Midlands Metro Alliance website

Midlands Rail Hub

A programme of railway line and station opening and reopening schemes such as the Camp Hill line. Midlands Connect is the programme promoter.

Download Midlands Rail Hub – the case for transformational investment in the region’s rail network (pdf; 24pp)

Transport for West Midlands

The public body responsible for co-ordinating transport services in the West Midlands metropolitan county in England. It is an executive body of the West Midlands Combined Authority, with bus franchising and highway management powers similar to Transport for London. Source: Wikipedia.

Transport for West Midlands website

West Midlands Combined Authority

A strategic authority with powers over transport, economic development and regeneration. Andy Street is Mayor of the West Midlands. The 2021 West Midlands mayoral election will be held on 6 May 2021.

West Midlands Combined Authority website

West Midlands Metro

A tram system currently consisting of a single route extending from Centenary Square in Birmingham to Wolverhampton, with planned extensions from Centenary Square to Edgbaston and from Bull Street to Digbeth, and later to Birmingham Interchange. A second route running from Brierley Hill to Wednesbury via Dudley town centre is also being planned. The 2040 Plan for Metro and Rail in the West Midlands (see map here) is a proposal originated by Andy Street and forms part of his re-election manifesto.

West Midlands Metro website

West Midlands Metro – Wikipedia

West Midlands Rail Executive

A British municipally owned corporation which was formed to manage rail transport policy in the West Midlands region of England. It is jointly owned by a partnership of 16 local authorities. Source: Wikipedia.

West Midlands Rail Executive website

West Midlands Railway

A trade name and brand owned by West Midlands Trains – see below.

West Midlands Railway website

West Midlands Trains

A train operating company in the United Kingdom. It operates passenger trains on the West Midlands franchise between London and the English Midlands under two trade names: West Midlands Railway (within the West Midlands region) and London Northwestern Railway (outside the region). It is owned by a consortium of three companies: Abellio, JR East and Mitsui & Co. Source: Wikipedia.

Abellio / West Midlands Trains website

West Midlands Trains – Wikipedia