West Midlands calls for long-term view

Electrification priority: West Midlands Trains unit No 172215 leads the 11.15 Worcester Foregate Street to Dorridge service at Rowley Regis on the Snow Hill lines on 22 May 2023. John Whitehouse

New tunnels under central Birmingham, quadrupling the Wolverhampton to Coventry line and development of new rail corridors are amongst the long-term options for the West Midlands rail network in 30 years’ time.

The interventions are suggested in the latest update of the West Midlands Rail Executive’s Rail Investment Strategy 2022-2050, which was published in September to reflect changes since its first edition in 2018.

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