The Milestones

Fund Launch

We were absolutely delighted to launch the first Customer and Communities Improvement Fund at West Midlands Railway. 


The Fund was designed to support projects in the region that create benefits for our communities, address social needs and enhance the railways.  Importantly, these projects are not for commercial gain.

We are committed to helping grassroots groups, who really understand their local areas, to develop projects that could have real impact in their communities. 

Project Handbook Published
We know that these community ideas don’t come fully formed into a complete project plan and we produced a Handbook and hosted Information and Training events to help our project participants develop the concepts to make a positive difference in local areas and ensure our stations reflect local character.

Press Releases

West Midlands Railway Communities on Track to Fitness in Pioneering Scheme

13 August 2021

Volunteer at your local station

4 June 2021

West Midlands Railway unveils 18 poems for Shakespeare Line stations

28 May 2021

West Midlands Railway passengers invited to discover their artistic sides with Ledbury Poetry Festival

25 May 2021

West Midlands Railway to celebrate 'Spirit of Shakespeare' following community grant

20 April 2021

Meetings with Project Leaders

CCIF Project Management Meeting 

Date: 22 September 2021

Time: 13:30 – 15:00

Location: Online Zoom Meeting

Project Management Site Visits 

Date: To be confirmed

Locations: Rowley Regis & Halesowen, The Hawthorns, Jewellery Quarter

Project Management Site Visits 

Date: To be confirmed

Locations: Musical Stations

Project Management Site Visits 

Date: 25 August 2021

Locations: Codsall, Albrighton, Wellington

Project Management Site Visits 

Date: 20 August 2021

Locations: Great Malvern, Ledbury

Project Management Site Visits 

Date: 10 August 2021

Locations: Wythall, Hall Green, Tyseley, Olton

Twenty One Stories:
The Legacy Book

At the culmination of this year’s programme, we will publish a book that profiles the projects big and small, from railway carriages to science festivals, pathways to planters, poems, library connections, rock music heritage, festivals, enterprise, pocket gardens, wellbeing pop-ups and even a secret garden.

The fund totalled £700k and the matched funding secured in time, support and third-party investments equalled that amount.

The community-led schemes will be celebrated in this book called Twenty One Stories.