West Midlands Rail

Delivering a Devolved Railway

West Midlands Rail (WMR), representing the region's metropolitan, shire and unitary authorities, plans to gain greater influence and control over local rail services from 2017, leading to the creation of a fully devolved West Midlands Rail Contract. WMR is a partnership of 14 Metropolitan District, Shire and Unitary local transport authorities.

Rail devolution passes control for the specification, management, and in some cases the procurement of certain rail franchises to local bodies. This model has been successfully used for some time elsewhere in the UK in Scotland, Wales, Merseyside and London.

WMR proposes to create a devolved local rail network for the West Midlands.