Coventry City Council
Coventry is very easy to reach by train and boasts four train stations; the main Coventry station and three local stations at Canley, Coventry Arena and Tile Hill.
The main Coventry station has experienced significant passenger growth over the last decade and is one of the fastest growing stations outside of London. Works are underway to transform the station through £82m investment in new infrastructure, including a second station building, new footbridge, multi storey car park and bus interchange. The project will increase station capacity and improve facilities for passengers.
Coventry has excellent connections to London and sits at the heart of an extensive local and regional rail network, with regular trains to Nuneaton, Bedworth, Rugby, Leamington Spa and cities in the West Midlands. It was natural for Coventry City Council to be part of the Heart of England CRP which brings all these areas together and promotes the use of the railway.
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Stratford-on-Avon District Council
Stratford-on-Avon District has sought to encourage improvements to services and facilities on the Shakespeare Line between Stratford-upon-Avon and Birmingham over many years. The opportunity to be a member of the Heart of England CRP is a natural extension of that objective.
It provides the scope to promote and increase the use of the railway and its stations and to support communities along the line to become involved in its ongoing improvements.
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At Chiltern Railways we operate passenger rail services between London and Buckinghamshire, London and Oxfordshire and our Mainline Service from London through to the West Midlands. We are proud to be a partner of the Heart of England Community Rail Partnership, the first Community Rail Partnership in the Midlands.
We operate 7 stations within the Community Rail Partnership, 5 of which have established station adoption groups with dedicated and passionate volunteers. We look forward to working with the Heart of England Community Rail Partnership on projects which will benefit our customers and the communities we serve.
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West Midlands Trains
We are delighted as a regional train operating company to invest in this Community Rail Partnership. Our company employs over 2400 people and under our brand of West Midlands Railway, we operate more than 800 train services a day via surburban stations around Birmingham, regional services between Birmingham, Shrewsbury and Hereford and the Leamington Spa to Coventry and Coventry to Nuneaton branch lines.
We have 116 stations across our network with 27 of them included within the scope of this Partnership.
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Avanti West Coast
Avanti West Coast operate intercity services along the West Coast Main Line from Euston to Scotland, North Wales, the North West and the West Midlands. We run three fast trains per hour to Birmingham New Street, via Coventry and Birmingham International.
We are proud to support the Heart of England Community Rail Partnership and its members and welcome the invaluable input they provide to our franchise. We look forward to working ever more closely with them as we invest in our stations and fleet, improving the service we offer to customers and our local communities.
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CrossCountry’s network is the most geographically-extensive passenger rail franchise in Britain. We fulfil over 40 million passenger journeys a year, and call at seven of the UK’s 10 major cities. We are committed to supporting the communities we serve and are proud to support the Heart of England and promote community engagement across the route.
We have a successful track record of working with Community Rail Partnerships, working with twenty-one across the UK and are looking forward to working with the Heart of England to support them over the months ahead.
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Community Rail Partnerships are a key mechanism for engaging the local community and are therefore an important part of making sure the railway is achieving this aim of delivering for West Midlanders. CRPs are also an important way that local government (one of our key stakeholders) can engage with the railway which is also important for us and have nationwide been really successful in engaging the community and increasing patronage on the railway; we want some of this for the West Midlands!