West Midlands Framework success in Metroline Expansion contract

A framework of West Midlands firms have won a prestigious £multi-million contract to deliver better rail connectivity across the Black Country and Greater Birmingham regions. The Midland Metro Alliance is to be launched on July 4 to bring together a team of planning, design, rail engineers and construction specialists which will build four light rail extensions in the West Midlands over the next decade.

The alliance comprises the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) which owns the Midland Metro light rail line, infrastructure contractor Colas Rail and its Cradley Heath based partners Colas Ltd, Barhale, Thomas Vale, Rail Safety Solutions and Auctus Management Group, and a consortium of design and engineering consultancies Egis Rail, Tony Gee and Pell Frischman.

“Alliancing agreements are a dramatic departure from traditional contracting methods as staff work as an integrated team and tie the commercial objectives of all parties to the actual outcome of the project”, said Councillor Roger Lawrence of WMCA on June 28. This replaces the traditional model of appointing contractors and designers on a project-by-project basis.

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Rail Live 2016 Show – 22 & 23 June, Long Marston, Warwickshire

An event showcasing the best range of products and services that meet the increasingly challenging needs of the rail sector with particular emphasis on best practice, ingenuity and the application of innovation.


This will be the 5th year of this highly anticipated show which has become a highlight in the rail industry calendar. This year will be no exception with all the major areas of the rail supply chain represented including: infrastructure & civils, rolling stock, electrification, signalling, rail maintenance, materials & product development/testing, safety, digital, and of course, innovation.

Steve Featherstone, Track Programme Director at Network Rail said: “The railway is always evolving and as an organisation measured by performance, we need to embrace innovation and best practice in the rail sector. We are looking forward to Rail Live 2016, a well-established event that really does set out to address and meet industry challenges now and for the future.”

Who will attend?

TOCs, FOCs, main line infrastructure operators, government representatives/agencies, rail regulation and safety, infrastructure contracting and maintenance, rail product and service suppliers, innovation pioneers, consultant and transport planners, leasing/finance services, HR professionals, academia professionals, vocational / apprenticeship providers and students, rail regulation and safety bodies and many more individuals and groups from the rail sector.

Visitors to the event attend free of charge via prior registration.

To register as a VISITOR or as an EXHIBITOR please go to

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Meet the HS2 (BIM) Design Team

West Midlands Manufacturers are set to converge on Smethwick next month to showcase their manufacturing prowess, engineering expertise and rail innovations to a prestigious group of designers from HS2. The joint event being hosted by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and HS2 Ltd alongside business support partners, Black Country Growth Hub are holding a special event on Thursday 14 July 2016, enabling the regions firms to meet the specifiers and specialist engineers charged with designing the first phase of the London-Birmingham high speed rail project.

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With the West Midlands set to benefit from an estimated £50 billion pound worth of construction opportunities and associated civil engineering works aligned to Europe’s biggest infrastructure project, the business benefits could be huge for forward-thinking engineers, innovative, clued-up manufacturers and prospective suppliers with the technology skills, resources and ingenuity to meet HS2’s design challenges.

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Rail Live 2016

Rail Live 2016 takes place on the 22nd and 23rd June at Long Marton, Warwickshire. The event showcases the best range of products and services that meet the increasingly challenging needs of the rail sector with particular emphasis on best practice, ingenuity and the application of innovation. To find out more click here

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National Women in Engineering Day: Get on Board with HS2 – 23rd June 2016

HS2 Ltd are hosting a coffee morning for women who are interested in careers in the rail industry.

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If you are looking for a career change, or are a returner from maternity seeking advice on your next move or would like some information on what we do and how we can support a career in engineering and construction, come and meet the team. Our event promises to be informative, engaging and inspiring.

We’re currently hiring across various functions including Engineering, Project Management, Project Controls and Programme Management.

You’ll join an inclusive organisation where we value flexible working, opportunities to continue learning and fulfilling your long-term potential. Don’t miss out on the chance to get to know us better and discover why High Speed Two can really take you places.

Date: Thursday 23rd June

Time: 09:30 – 11:30

Location: HS2 Ltd, 2 Snow Hill, Birmingham B4 6GA

To register your interest and for further details, please contact the team:

Telephone: 0207 944 6534


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