West Midlands Rail Executive director confirmed

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Photo: West Midlands Combined Authority.
Photo: West Midlands Combined Authority.

Malcolm Holmes has been appointed as the executive director of the West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE) on a permanent basis.

Malcolm previously worked as a senior retail and customer service manager on the London Overground and has also spent time in Germany as customer service director at DB Regio during his 25 years in the rail industry.

He has held the executive director post at WMRE – the public body which manages rail transport policy in the region – on an interim basis since 2017.

Under his leadership, WMRE has published its 30-year rail investment strategy and played a key role in the award of the West Midlands franchise.

With key projects such as University and Perry Barr stations, Snow Hill third access, new stations on the Camp Hill line and in Willenhall and Darlaston, WMRE is delivering “a rail renaissance across the West Midlands”.

Malcolm said: “It’s a great time to be involved in rail in the West Midlands as we are seeing an unprecedented level of investment in new lines, rolling stock and services that will make a real difference for commuters.”